THE 2023 hurricane season is far from over and Americans on the East Coast are being warned that another hurricane is on the way.
Here’s everything residents need to know about Hurricane Lee’s path.
Where is Hurricane Lee heading?
As of Friday, September 8, 2023, Hurricane Lee continues to strengthen in the Atlantic Ocean.
Meteorologist Levi Cowan, founder of Tropicaltidbits.com, said on X, formerly known as Twitter, that these were the “most impressive episodes of rapid intensification” he had ever seen over the Atlantic.
“Absolutely incredible,” he said.
As of 11 a.m. September, the storm was 565 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands, but could take days to reach the United States.
“Further strengthening is forecast today. Fluctuations in intensity are likely over the next few days, but Lee is expected to remain a major hurricane through early next week,” forecasters said via CNN.
Details of Lee’s path are unclear because he is so far away, but he is expected to pass north of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico over the weekend, according to CNN.
More information about a possible US landing is expected to be released in the coming days.
Where did Hurricane Lee originate?
Meteorologists have been tracking a potentially dangerous storm since Labor Day weekend.
This storm later became leeward on September 6, 2023.
Lee was reportedly named the day before in the central Atlantic AccuWeather.
What category does Hurricane Lee belong to?
Since its inception, Lee has received multiple category classifications.
On September 7, it was classified as a Category 1 hurricane with a speed of 80 mph, but within 24 hours it had strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane with a speed of 165 mph.
Later that same day, wind speeds decreased, making it a Category 4 hurricane at 155 mph (250 km/h), which is forecast to continue throughout the weekend The Weather Channel.
How can I prepare for a hurricane?
While it’s not yet known whether Lee will land in the U.S., there are still things East Coast residents can do to prepare in advance.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends:
- Prepare an emergency supply of food and water
- Preparing an emergency medication supply
- Obtain power sources such as flashlights with batteries
- Gather important documents such as medical documents, wills and passports
It is also recommended to fill your car with gasoline and check the carbon monoxide (CO) detector batteries.