MIAMI, USA – Tropical cyclone Leslie strengthened into a hurricane on Wednesday with top sustained winds of 75 mph. The system may grow further into a Category 2 storm with winds of 110 mph as it approaches Bermuda over the weekend.
According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, the centre of Hurricane Leslie was located about 460 miles south-southeast of Bermuda, moving toward the north near 2 mph. A slow northward to north-northwestward motion, which may be erratic at times, is expected over the next couple of days.
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, in the central Atlantic, Tropical Storm Michael strengthened a little more and could become a hurricane on Wednesday night or early Thursday.
Michael is moving toward the northeast near 7 mph and this general motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours. A turn toward the north-northwest is anticipated on Friday. There is currently no threat to land.