Hurricane Leslie, Hurricane Sergio: Latest Updates on Path of Storms

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By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
October 3, 2018 Updated: October 3, 2018

U.S. hurricane forecasters are issuing advisories for two hurricanes.

Hurricane Leslie

Hurricane Leslie has formed in the central Atlantic Ocean, and the storm is heading to the north, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Oct. 3.

In a 5 a.m. update, the NHC said Leslie is located about 505 miles east-southeast of Bermuda. There are no coastal warnings or watches in effect.

hurricane leslie in atlantic ocean
Hurricane Leslie has formed in the central Atlantic Ocean, and the storm is heading to the north, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Oct. 3.

The storm has 75 mph winds, enough to make it a Category 1 storm. The storm is expected to strengthen even more.

“A northward motion is forecast to begin tonight, and this motion should continue through Friday night,” the NHC said.

The main impacts to land posed by Hurricane Leslie are large swells in Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the East Coast of the United States.

“Large swells generated by Leslie will continue to affect portions of the southeastern coast of the United States, Bermuda, and the Bahamas during the next few days. Swells are expected to increase near the coasts of New England and Atlantic Canada by the end of the week,” according to the agency.

In its discussion of the storm, the NHC said Leslie “is forecast to remain within favorable environmental conditions consisting of warm water and low vertical wind shear over the next day or two. These conditions should allow for some additional strengthening. After 48 hours, Leslie will be moving over cooler waters, which should induce gradual weakening later in the period.”

It’s not clear yet if the storm will track toward the United Kingdom, Ireland, or elsewhere in Europe.

Hurricane Sergio

Hurricane Sergio rapidly strengthened on Oct. 2 to a Category 3 storm with 115 mph winds.

As of the NHC’s 2 a.m. update, the storm is 855 miles south-southwest of Baja California, Mexico. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

hurricane sergio near mexico
Hurricane Sergio rapidly strengthened on Oct. 2 to a Category 3 storm with 115 mph winds. (NHC)

The storm is predicted to move toward the west away from North America. “A west-northwestward to northwestward motion at a slightly slower forward speed is expected over the next few days,” the agency said.

The storm is predicted to strengthen over the next day before it weakens Friday.

“The global models suggest that the shear currently affecting Sergio will decrease over the next 24 to 36 hours, which should allow for strengthening,” said the NHC in a discussion of the storm. “The NHC intensity forecast calls for Sergio to reach peak intensity in about 36 hours, and it is near the upper-end of the intensity guidance. After that time, slightly cooler waters and the entrainment of drier mid-level air are forecast to cause gradual weakening, but Sergio is expected to remain a hurricane through the entire forecast period.”

Remnants of Rosa

AccuWeather reported that the remnant of Hurricane Rosa, which hit Mexico as a tropical storm is slated to still bring heavy rain in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. The storm could bring between 1 and 3 inches of rain in desert areas. “In some desert areas, this is as much rain that typically falls in six months to a year,” AccuWeather pointed out.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.