Hurricane Lee, now a Category 3 storm, may gain strength again in the next few days, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday.
“Little change in strength is expected today, but gradual restrengthening is forecast to occur on Sunday and Monday,” the NHC said in a public advisory.
On Friday, Lee became a Category 5 storm, but has since fallen in intensity. Its winds now have a maximum speed of 115 miles per hour.
The NHC said Lee is causing sea swells in “portions of the Lesser Antilles” that are also “spreading westward to the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas, and Bermuda” through the weekend. The agency said these swells could cause “life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”
“Dangerous surf and rip currents are expected to begin along most of the U.S. East Coast Sunday and Monday and worsen through the week,” the NHC said.
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