Tracking the tropics: Hurricane Lee now a Category 4; Tropical Storm Margot forms

Hurricane Lee continues to intensify as it moves through the Atlantic Ocean.

Lee is now a Category 4 storm as of 5 p.m. Thursday advisory.


Action News Jax First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh said in Talking the Tropics with Mike that Lee will move steadily west/northwest through the weekend while gradually slowing down and appears destined to become a textbook long-track major hurricane.

As of Thursday at 5 p.m., Lee has maximum sustained winds around 130 mph and is moving west-northwest at 15 mph.

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Lee is forecast to stay north of the Caribbean islands as it continues to gain strength this weekend.

The First Alert Weather Center is still expecting a rather sharp bend to the north, keeping Lee far to the east of Florida next week to Jacksonville’s latitude next Thursday/Friday with swells to our beaches.

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Tropical Storm Margot has formed as of 5 p.m. Thursday. It is now over the Eastern Atlantic Ocean and Buresh said it looks like that system will stay over the open Atlantic.

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