Tropical Storm Leslie strengthens to hurricane 810 km from Bermuda

Image from the Bermuda Weather Service

Leslie remains a large tropical storm, with tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 290 miles (465 km) from the center of the tropical cyclone.

NHC forecasters say that a slower northward motion is expected to occur today, but Leslie will make a sharp turn toward the east and east-southeast over the weekend.

Leslie could become a weak hurricane based on the latest forecast, but it will not threaten land as a tropical system.

This storm does not pose a threat to Florida or the USA, but swells generated by Leslie will create life-threatening surf and rip current conditions along our east coast for most of the week.

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Those swells could cause risky surf and deadly rip currents, the NHC said noting that a turn to the east is expect this weekend following an increase in forward speed. Forecasters say the storm is heading north at 3 miles per hour (6 kph) and is expected continue through Friday night.

The National Hurricane Center is watching an area of low pressure in the southwestern Caribbean, giving it a 20 percent chance of developing over the next five days.

Leslie is the 12th named storm this season, when the climatological norm is 9.

In the Pacific, Tropical Depression Rosa is hitting Baja California, promising heavy rain for the desert southwest.

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