The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) is issuing advisories for Hurricane Leslie, Tropical Storm Nadine, Tropical Storm Sergio, and post-tropical storm Michael.
Hurricane Leslie has remained a hurricane with 85 mph winds and is “racing across the eastern Atlantic” Ocean. The storm could bring impacts to Spain and Portugal by the weekend, the NHC said on Oct. 12
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Madeira Island, and “interests in Portugal and Spain should monitor the progress of Leslie,” according to the agency.
The storm is about 350 miles south of the Azores Islands.
“A fast east-northeastward motion is expected to continue through Saturday morning, followed by a slower eastward motion late Saturday through Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Leslie will pass north of Madeira Island on Saturday, and approach the southwestern portion of the Iberian Peninsula on Sunday, and move inland over portions of the Iberian Peninsula late Sunday,” said the agency.
The storm will weaken to a “powerful post-tropical cyclone” by Saturday night or Sunday. “Additional weakening is forecast on Sunday, with Leslie expected to dissipate by Monday after it moves inland,” the agency advised.
Tropical Storm Nadine is about 790 miles west of the Cabo Verde islands near Africa, and it is continuing to weaken over the tropical Atlantic Ocean.
“Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Weakening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Nadine is expected to dissipate by Sunday,” said the NHC.
There are no coastal warnings or watches associated with the storm.
Tropical Storm Sergio is continuing to weaken after it crossed the Baja California peninsula in Mexico. It has 40 mph winds.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for areas around Baja California
“Interests elsewhere in the northern and central Baja California peninsula and northwestern Sonora should monitor the progress of Sergio,” said the agency.
The NHC also noted that the storm will bring a bit of rain to parts of Arizona and New Mexico.
Former Hurricane Michael is now a post-tropical storm and has moved away from the United States after pummeling Florida and the southeastern United States.
There are now no coastal watches or warnings associated with the storm.
“On the forecast track, the center of Michael will move away from the United States today and move rapidly across the open Atlantic Ocean tonight through Sunday,” said the agency. “Maximum sustained winds have increased near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is expected today and tonight as the post-tropical cyclone moves across the Atlantic,” it added.
According to a forecast model, the storm may impact Western Europe by next week.
Low-Pressure Area in the Caribbean
Forecasters have noted that there is a low-pressure area in the west-central Caribbean Sea that may produce a tropical storm. However, through five days, the chance of forming a tropical cyclone is at 20 percent.
Hurricane Michael formed in the same part of the Caribbean.