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Hurricane Lee, a robust Class 3 storm, is predicted to steer effectively north of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands over the following couple of days, the Nationwide Hurricane Heart mentioned. However the hurricane is predicted to assemble power and will deliver harmful surf circumstances alongside the U.S. East Coast starting on Sunday.
The hurricane, packing most sustained winds of near 110 mph with increased gusts, is already inflicting life-threatening rip currents affecting elements of the Lesser Antilles, the British and Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas and Bermuda, forecasters mentioned Sunday morning.
Nonetheless, no coastal watches or warnings had been in impact on the time.
Lee’s forecast has fluctuated wildly in current days. It shortly reached Class 5 power over file excessive water temperatures within the Atlantic earlier than being downgraded early Saturday. But it surely’s anticipated to restrengthen over the following couple of days.
A Class 3 storm, thought-about a serious hurricane, may cause devastating harm to well-built framed properties, knock down bushes, in addition to reduce off energy and water provide for a number of days.
“It stays too quickly to know what stage of impacts, if any, Lee may need alongside the East Coast, Atlantic Canada or Bermuda late subsequent week, particularly for the reason that hurricane is predicted to decelerate significantly over the southwestern Atlantic,” the center said in its 11 a.m. ET advisory on Sunday.
Harmful surf and rip currents are anticipated to start alongside a lot of the East Coast later Sunday and worsen all through the week as Lee grows in measurement, forecasters mentioned.