Leslie May Gain Hurricane Strength as Nears Newfoundland

Tropical Storm Leslie may regain hurricane strength after battering Bermuda with high winds over the weekend as it heads for the eastern end of Newfoundland, the National Hurricane Center said.

The 12th named weather system of the Atlantic season was about 315 miles (505 kilometers) northeast of Bermuda with 60 miles per hour winds, moving northward at 16 mph, the Miami-based center said in a 5 a.m. Atlantic time advisory. A hurricane watch is in effect for Stones Cove to Charlottetown, Newfoundland, the NHC said.

The eye of the storm is expected to move over southeastern Newfoundland tomorrow morning, when it may be at hurricane strength of at least 74 mph again, the center said. Leslie is forecast to begin transforming to an extratropical or frontal cyclone as it approaches the Canadian Maritimes, it said.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Newfoundland from Indian Harbour to Stones Cove and Fogo Island to Charlottetown. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward as much as 205 miles from the center, the NHC said.

Leslie’s track after Newfoundland may take the system near southern Greenland in two days and possibly to southwestern Iceland early on Sept. 13, NHC’s forecast map showed.

Hurricane Michael was about 1,065 miles west of the Azores meanwhile packing 80 mph winds as it moved west at 7 mph, the NHC said in a separate advisory. The system is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm and is no threat to land.

The Atlantic storm season runs though the end of November.

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