Tracking the Tropics: Leslie changes to tropical storm

Katie Ramirez
October 6, 2018

Severe wind and rain could be heading our way thanks to a tropical storm that has developed into a hurricane over parts of the United States and the Bahamas.

At 5 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Leslie was located near latitude 34.1 north, longitude 51.3 west. Leslie is moving toward the southwest near 6 miles per hour (9 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through Sunday.

Leslie strengthened into a hurricane and is expected to maintain hurricane strength through the next 48-72hrs.

The storm was moving toward the southwest at 3 miles per hour.

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Leslie was earlier forecast to be northeast of Bermuda and heading southwest, but it is now forecast to do a loop with a northward motion on Wednesday night. The swells are also expected to increase near the coasts of New England and Atlantic Canada by the end of the week.

The hurricane center is monitoring an area of low pressure located a couple hundred of miles north of Panama.

Sporadic thunderstorms and strong upper-level winds will discourage development as the system drifts north, but conditions become more conducive later this week and over the weekend, according to forecasters.

Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, October 5, 2018, due the presence of Tropical Storm Leslie over the Atlantic.

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