18 June 2024

Hurricane Lee is rapidly intensifying in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean, set to become a major storm. Currently a Category 1 hurricane with 80 mph winds, it’s projected to reach near Category 5 strength as it approaches the eastern Caribbean.

Lee, located about 965 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands, is expected to peak over the weekend and remain dangerous next week. While it’s likely to pass north of some islands, there’s still a chance of tropical storm conditions.

Lee’s effects will extend beyond the Caribbean, with dangerous surf and rip currents. It’s uncertain if it’ll impact the US mainland directly, but coastal areas should watch for these hazards.

This hurricane rapidly strengthened, and conditions are favorable for further intensification. Lee’s forecasted intensity nears Category 5, a rarity in the Atlantic.

Residents in the eastern Caribbean and adjacent regions should closely monitor Lee’s progress. This comes during the peak of an above-average Atlantic hurricane season.