The life of this storm has been out in the open water of the tropical Atlantic and for a while has meandered with little direction. It now appears that Tropical Storm Leslie is on the move to the north and will intensity. Two problems have developed. One is that the storm could make a direct hit on Bermuda. The other is that the track shows a hint closer to northeast coast of the US.
The latest updated from the National Hurricane Center has top winds of 65 mph. The tropical storm force winds reach 205 miles from the center. That is a large circulation, similar to that of Isaac.
The satellite images show that that wind shear has pushed most of the action on the east or right side of the storm. That is expected to wrap around the center allowing for intensification to hurricane strength this week. The large circulation will pass just to the west of Bermuda bringing the strong side of the storm over the British island. The long term forecast will keep this off of the east coast, but it will be responsible for large swells, and perhaps stalling another storm over the Eastern US this weekend. That will indirectly result in more heavy rain possible just as we try to shake the influence of Isaac.
SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
- LOCATION…24.7N 62.5W
- ABOUT 545 MI…875 KM SSE OF BERMUDA
- MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…65 MPH…100 KM/H
- PRESENT MOVEMENT…N OR 360 DEGREES AT 5 MPH…7 KM/H
- MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…994 MB…29.35 INCHES
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