Disturbance 1. Tropical Storm Lee is expected to rapidly intensify into an extremely dangerous hurricane by the weekend. Lee is currently about 1265 miles ESE of the northern Leeward Islands moving WNW at 14 MPH with 65 MPH maximum sustained winds. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
Disturbance 2. Eastern Tropical Atlantic (AL96): A tropical wave is located over the far eastern Atlantic between the Cabo Verde Islands and the west coast of Africa. Environmental conditions appear conducive for some gradual development of this system, and a tropical depression could form later this week or this weekend while the system moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph over the eastern tropical Atlantic. Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent and formation chance through 7 days...medium...60 percent.
Disturbance 3. Northeastern Atlantic (ex-Franklin): Post-Tropical Cyclone Franklin, located a few hundred miles east-northeast of the Azores, may briefly strengthen before it weakens late this week.