LEE BECOMES THE FIFTH MAJOR HURRICANE OF THE 2017 SEASON

NHC has upgraded Hurricane Lee to a major hurricane. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts – a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km). Slow weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Lee is centered over the central Atlantic Ocean about 485 miles (780 km) east-southeast of Bermuda and about 1765 miles (2845 km) west of the Azores. Lee is moving toward the northwest near 7 mph (11 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue today. Lee should turn to the north on Thursday and
accelerate to the northeast on Friday. It is not a threat to land.