Tropical Storm Leslie churned in the Atlantic toward Bermuda, where the National Hurricane Center said the system may grow into a hurricane and brush the islands later this week.
Leslie has winds of 65 miles (100 kilometers) per hour and is moving north at 5 mph, according to a 5 a.m. Atlantic time NHC advisory. The storm was 545 miles southeast of Bermuda.
On its current track, Leslie is expected to near the western side of Bermuda this weekend with winds of 100 mph, the hurricane center said. Leslie may stir storm surf from Bermuda to the U.S. East Coast, it said.
“Large swells propagating away from the tropical cyclone will affect Bermuda and nearly all of the U.S. East Coast for much of the week,” John Cangialosi, a specialist for the Miami- based center, said in a forecast analysis.
Leslie is the 12th storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June through November and has its statistical peak on Sept. 10.
Last week, Hurricane Isaac struck Louisiana with high winds and heavy rain, closing 95 percent of oil production and 73 percent of natural gas output in the Gulf of Mexico.
Tropical Depression 13 was 1,450 miles northwest of the Cape Verde Islands, the NHC also said. The system, with 35 mph winds, is expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Michael without threatening land.
In the Pacific, Tropical Depression John, the 10th named system of that ocean’s season, was expected to become a remnant low today. John was 365 miles west of the southern tip of Baja California with 35 mph winds.
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