The National Hurricane Center is busy tracking two new tropical storms –one in the Atlantic and the other in the Pacific– that they forecast will rapidly intensify into major hurricanes in the coming days. The storm in the Pacific was named Jova while the storm in the Atlantic was named Lee earlier today.
As of the last advisory from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Tropical Storm Lee was located roughly 1,315 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. With maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and a minimum central pressure of 1005 mb or 29.68″, the storm is moving to the west-northwest at 16 mph.
According to the NHC, Lee is forecast to become a hurricane within the next few days, and likely become a major hurricane with 110+ mph winds by Friday. It is still too soon to say where it’ll head beyond next weekend; impacts to the U.S. and Canadian east coast are possible beyond that point.
Meanwhile, the NHC is also busy tracking Tropical Storm Jova. As of the latest advisory from the NHC, Jova had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and minimum central pressure of 998 mb or 29.47″; it was moving to the west-northwest at 9 mph.
According to the NHC, Jova is forecast to rapidly intensify and become a hurricane by tomorrow and a major hurricane by Wednesday night. It will move west-northwest and northwest in the coming days, staying away from land. As it heads west into the open Pacific, it or its remnants are expected to pass well north of Hawaii at this time.