Tropical Storm Lee Is Nearing Hurricane Strength. But It’s Too Soon to Worry

Tropical Storm Lee Is Nearing Hurricane Strength. But It’s Too Soon to Worry

And welcome back into live now from Fox.
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Thanks for being with us.
Well,
it’s official tropical storm.
We have officially been named over the Atlantic Ocean,
the National Hurricane Center,
announcing that today.
And by the weekend it’s expected to become a major major storm.
So let’s bring in now for the very latest Fox,
whether it’s Adam Claus,
who’s joining us here.
He’s been monitoring the tropics and has the latest on storm activity.
Hi,
Adam.
Hey,
Lexi,
you have very active system in very active season.
So far as you take a look at the entire Atlantic basin currently,
what are you seeing?
Well,
several different little tropical disturbances,
but Lee is the one that just became a tropical storm,
our most recent tropical storm.
Actually,
the 13th,
the name storm so far this year.
It’s been a really active season thus far.
Here’s where it currently sits.
Winds at 45 miles an hour.
This is from our 5pm update from the National Hurricane Center,
moving to the West Northwest at 16 miles an hour.
This is still a really long way as away from any sort of impacts to the United States.
But here in the next several days,
we are going to be tracking it moving closer and closer to the lesser Antilles.
What are the major concerns here?
Well,
there’s actually very high confidence.
This is going to turn into a major hurricane.
That happens when you get up to a category three status or higher.
The conditions,
the environmental conditions are there.
There’s no wind shear.
Those are upper level winds that destroy these.
It’s running over some very warm water.
The only thing is is,
it is way too early to really get any good idea of the impacts of the United States.
Because we’re probably a good 10 days out from that.
Here’s what we’re currently looking at with our forecast track.
The winds are going to quickly quickly intensify jumping up to 70 miles an hour by winds day evening.
And you see this only continue to climb.
By the time you get up to 145 miles an hour,
that’s Sunday evening.
That would be a category four hurricane.
So that is a powerful major storm.
But these are your lesser Antilles.
That’s the island of Puerto Rico.
As you can currently tell,
the storm’s track and everything within this red is a little bit of an area of indecision.
It’s a cone of uncertainty.
So the track could be anywhere in there.
You do see on the very southern edge of that track you’re beginning to brush up against some of these islands.
The US Virgin Islands over towards Puerto Rico.
All areas where you could see this storm.
But here’s a forecast graphic that really shows the winds.
And what you’ll notice as you approach the islands is actually the strongest winds are always on the north eastern side of the storm.
It’s going to be passing all of the all of the islands there on the south.
So even though this storm could pass by fairly closely you could be feeling some impacts from it.
Actually the strongest part of this storm is going to stay to the north and really those winds are going to have a huge impact.
Here’s what all of our models look like.
This is actually not all that common where you see these different models and such good and agreement.
But currently they are.
So we have a pretty good idea that this storm is going to ultimately move just to the north of some of these Caribbean islands.
The only question is what happens after this.
The thing is that’s taking all the way Sunday night.
That’s a really long ways away when it comes to tropical storm forecasting.
There’s a lot of indecision left at that point.
These are just a wild range of different possibilities.
And you can start to see every one of these else would be a place where that storm is.
It becomes very undecided.
It could still impact the United States,
but a lot of our models are taking it back out to see that’s just something we can’t say with certainty just yet.
Everything here in the yellow that is where the waters really warm that would fuel these storms allowed them to become more powerful and you did notice that path of the storm is staying in the yellow the entire time.
It’s going to be a storm that’s able to strengthen Lexi.
I’ll leave you with this graphic.
It’s my final one.
But it just gives you a sense of where we are on this hurricane season.
As this begins to climb,
this is when we historically we see the most tropical activity September 10th.
That is the peak of the season.
But the entire month of September is incredibly active.
Even the first half of October is pretty active.
So it’s a busy season.
It has been one and it looks as though we still have a long ways to go.
Yeah,
very busy.
And we’ve still been just talking about the cleanup from Edaalia now.
We’re also thinking about this.
And Adam,
I know it’s still kind of early to be able to pinpoint some of the main concerns right now.
But as always,
anytime there’s any sort of major weather event,
preparation is always key.
So what is your advice to people who could be potentially impacted,
especially looking ahead to next weekend?
So there is the really big question.
And I think at this point there is no preparation.
You can really do.
I can actually go back a couple of graphics because I do think it’s going to tell us the story.
Right here,
I’m going to get back to it.
Right here,
this is taking you into Sunday evening.
By the time Sunday evening rolls around,
we’re going to have a much better sense of who on the east coast if anybody is going to be able to feel the impacts of this.
So there’s nothing you can do now other than know it’s coming.
Start to really pay attention to media.
And then by the time we get into the weekend,
then you can start to make that plan about what you should do next.
All right,
Fox weather is adding plots joining us here.
Adam,
thanks so much for that update.
Of course,
we’ll continue to check in with you guys and make sure everyone’s as informed as possible,
especially as this continues to develop in the next few days here.
Of course,
stay safe.
All right,
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