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September 08, 2023

Tropical Disturbances Today

Disturbance 1. Hurricane Lee is a powerful Category 5 Hurricane and is expected to cause dangerous beach conditions around the western Atlantic through early next week. Lee is currently located about 630 miles east of the northern Leeward islands moving WNW at 14 MPH with maximum sustained winds of 165 MPH.  Additional strengthening is forecast today. Lee is expected to pass well to the north of the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico over the weekend and into early next week. It is too soon to know what impacts Lee might have along the U.S. East Coast, Atlantic Canada, or Bermuda late next week. Regardless, dangerous surf and rip currents are expected along most of the U.S. East Coast beginning Sunday.

Disturbance 2. Tropical Storm Margot is currently located about 460 miles WNW of the Cabo Verde Islands moving WNW at 16 MPH with maximum sustained winds of 40 MPH and is expected to strengthen and become a hurricane over the weekend. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

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