MIAMI – Tropical Storm Lee formed in the center of the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
According to a bulletin from the NHC this Tuesday at 5 p.m., the system is located 1,315 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. It had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was moving west-northwest at 16 mph.
This depression is predicted to strengthen into a major cyclone in the next few days. If it becomes a tropical storm, it will be named Lee.
Current notifications, watches and alerts
As of now, there is no alert or vigilance in place.
However, the NHC recommends that residents of the Lesser Antilles monitor the system’s progress.
This is how hurricane season goes in the Atlantic
The current Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that there will be 14 to 21 named storms, of which 6 to 11 will become hurricanes. Of these, between 2 and 5 are the most severe (Category 3 to 5).
These are hurricanes that form in the Atlantic Ocean and are tied with NOAA data as the deadliest in U.S. history.
Eight tropical storms have formed so far in the current Atlantic hurricane season: Arlene, Brett, Cindy, Dawn, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harold, Italia, Jose and Katia.
Of this, only Don, Franklin, and Italia make it strong enough to become a hurricane.