Hurricane Lee weakened barely to a Class 4 hurricane Friday morning, in the future after it exploded from a Class 1 to a harmful Class 5, however remains to be forecast to stay a robust storm into subsequent week.
Lee’s speedy intensification Thursday was uncommon — most sustained winds doubled from 80 mph to 165 mph in a matter of 24 hours.
Lee is now swirling about 570 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands with most sustained winds of 155 mph, the Nationwide Hurricane Heart mentioned in an 11 a.m. ET advisory. It mildly downgraded from its Class 5 standing, recorded at 5 a.m. ET Friday.
The hurricane is transferring west, northwest at 13 mph, and is forecast to go to the north of the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico over the weekend into early subsequent week.
“Some fluctuations in depth are possible over the following few days, nevertheless Lee is anticipated to stay a robust hurricane by early subsequent week,” the advisory mentioned. No coastal watches or warnings are at the moment in impact.
Lee will create swells which are forecast to achieve parts of the Lesser Antilles on Friday, and attain the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas and Bermuda this weekend.
“These swells are prone to trigger life-threatening surf and rip present circumstances,” the advisory mentioned.
Lee will deliver excessive surf and harmful rip currents to the U.S. as early as Sunday within the South, then up the Japanese seaboard into subsequent week.
There’s nonetheless some uncertainty about Lee’s actual path because it depends upon steering currents, nevertheless fashions present it is headed in the direction of Bermuda then to the north.