Hurricane Leslie 3-day forecast track. NHC/NOAA graphic
By Caribbean News Now contributor
MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Leslie hesitated south-southeast of Bermuda on Thursday but a slow northward drift should begin on Friday. The Bermuda weather service has issued a tropical storm watch for the island.
According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Thursday, the centre of Hurricane Leslie was located about 430 miles south-southeast of Bermuda.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 75 mph, with higher gusts. Leslie is a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. No significant change in strength was anticipated on Thursday night but Leslie will likely begin to intensify on Friday.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the centre and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 160 miles.
Swells generated by Leslie will continue to affect Bermuda, the US east coast from central Florida northward, the northern Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for the next several days. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Michael in the open central Atlantic, now a category two hurricane, weakened a little and further gradual weakening is expected during the next 48 hours. The system currently poses no threat to land.