Hurricane Lee has strengthened into a significant Class 5 storm, with the Nationwide Hurricane Heart issuing a warning for “life-threatening” surf and rip circumstances.
In just below 48 hours, the hurricane – which is in waters east of the Caribbean - has been upgraded from Class 1 to the best grade doable, with winds hitting 165mph.
“Lee continues to strengthen at an distinctive charge,” the Nationwide Hurricane Heart stated.
Swells from the storm are anticipated to hit the Lesser Antilles islands on Friday, and the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas and Bermuda this weekend.
“These swells are prone to trigger life-threatening surf and rip present circumstances,” the centre stated. “Harmful surf and rip currents are anticipated to start alongside a lot of the US East Coast starting Sunday.”
Hurricane Lee will not be anticipated to make landfall, however tropical storm circumstances are being forecasted on some islands.
US President Joe Biden was briefed on the hurricane’s newest trajectory and preparations had been being made in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands on Thursday.
“We are going to see waves between 10 and 15ft, so we do not need anybody on the seashores,” stated the Nationwide Climate Service’s Ernesto Morales in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
As of 12pm on Friday UK-time, Hurricane Lee was 630 miles east of the Caribbean’s Leeward Islands, which embrace St Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla and Antigua and Barbuda.
The storm is transferring northwest at 14mph and the centre added that it “is forecast to stay a strong main hurricane nicely into subsequent week”.
Hurricane Lee is the primary Class 5 storm of the Atlantic season, which runs from June to November and peaks in September.
Tropical storm Margot turned the thirteenth named storm of the season after growing on Thursday.
It was situated round 290 miles west-northwest of Cape Verde, off the coast of West Africa.
The storm is being monitored by meteorologists, who count on it to strengthen right into a hurricane on the weekend.
It comes only a week after Florida was badly hit by Hurricane Idalia which carried wind speeds of as much as 125mph and left hundreds with out energy.