Lee to remain an intense hurricane as it stays out over the Atlantic

Hurricane Lee strengthened to a Category 5 for a duration Friday
Hurricane Lee
Hurricane Lee(Source: FOX 8 Weather)
Published: Sep. 8, 2023 at 10:56 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Hurricane Lee remains an intense hurricane as it churns the water of the open Atlantic.

The intensity of the storm has fluctuated quite a bit in recent days. The rapid intensification phase began as soon as the storm organized with Lee strengthening by 80 mph over a 24-hour period. This brought the storm to a Category 5 hurricane on Friday. Since then some shear has leveled off the intensification phase and Lee remains a dangerous Category 4.

The forecast keeps Lee a Cat 4 hurricane over the next five days as it stays on its current heading towards the west-northwest. This will allow for Lee to miss the Caribbean islands and move over the open ocean. A look at the long range forecast does indicate a turn north but how much of a turn is in question. Canada an parts of the Northeast likely want to keep tabs on the future movement of Lee.

Lee Track
Lee Track(Source: FOX 8 Weather)

We are currently in the peak of hurricane season but the Gulf and Caribbean look quiet for the next week.

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