Hurricane Lee is churning in the Atlantic Ocean with a forecast to be upgraded soon as it heads west toward the Leeward Islands. The latest track from the National Hurricane Center shows the storm south of Bermuda on Tuesday with at least 155 mph sustained winds and gusts near 200 mph. No part of the East Coast is in the cone of uncertainty yet, but that could change next week.

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Here’s the latest track from the National Hurricane Center showing the cone extending south of Bermuda and away from land at this time. The center of the storm could be anywhere in the cone, so impacts will extend far outside the cone.

The latest satellite for Lee shows an eye trying to form, which is indicative of a strong hurricane.

The storm will stay north of the Leeward Islands with some impacts on the southern side of the hurricane.

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The tropics tracker shows the major hurricane headed northwest, keeping it south of Bermuda at the beginning of next week. This will be an extremely powerful storm getting close to or at maximum strength of category 5.

All eyes will be where the storm turns north and how far west it gets before that turn occurs.

Models are in agreement that Lee will reach farther west than Fiona did last September. That is one factor that will keep it much closer to the East Coast than last year’s category 4 storm that devastated eastern Canada. It’s too soon to know whether Maine will be in the cone of uncertainty or whether we will see direct or indirect impacts.

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