Hurricane Lee Becomes Fifth Major Storm of Season

September 27, 2017 Updated: September 27, 2017

Hurricane Lee became the fifth major storm of the 2017 season, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an 11 a.m. Wednesday update.

Lee is now Category 3, with winds of 115 mph.

However, it’s located out in the Atlantic Ocean, about 485 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and 1,700 miles west of the Azores.

It’s moving northwest at 7 mph.

Right now, there are no hurricane warnings or watches in effect.

Lee is not expected to hit the United States, as the NHC’s models show it making a loop north and toward the northeastern Atlantic.

(NOAA’s Ventusky)

Meanwhile, Hurricane Maria is located off the coast of North Carolina. It was a tropical storm but again strengthened to a hurricane as a Category 1 storm, the NHC said in an update at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27.

The NHC stated that Maria is turning northeastward away from the U.S. mainland. It has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:

  • Ocracoke Inlet to Cape Hatteras

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Ocracoke Inlet to the North Carolina/Virginia border
  • Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

  • North of Cape Hatteras to Duck