Bruce: Storms are gone tonight; Lee is now a CAT 5 hurricane and will get even stronger
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Hurricane Lee is now a CAT 5 with winds of 160mph. It is expected to peak tomorrow through Saturday at 175-180mph. That is only the 7th time a storm that strong has formed since the satellite era of 1966. The weak front that brought in heavy rain earlier this evening has moved out. The front that triggered the rain will stall near the coast possibly leaving a focus for another round of showers and storms into Friday. Once the front slips far enough south we’ll have a north wind and drier conditions with lower humidity through the weekend.
Hurricane Lee’s eye is popping as he strengthens to a CAT 5. Winds are now at 160mph. We will continue to monitor in the Fox 8 Weather Center, but there is no threat to the Gulf. The east coast is on high alert as the patch could get closer in the next 7 days.
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