Hurricane Leslie heads north in Atlantic Ocean

Hurricane Leslie heads north in Atlantic Ocean

Hurricane Leslie heads north in Atlantic Ocean

Swirling out in the Atlantic, Hurricane Leslie is beginning to move northward while maintaining its strength.

At 5 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Leslie was located near latitude 34.1 north, longitude 51.3 west. Leslie is moving toward the southwest near 6 miles per hour (9 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through Sunday.

Waves kicked up by the storm are forecast to increase along the southeast United States coast over the next few days, and also affect the Bahamas and the Lesser Antilles as well as Bermuda.

Tropical storm Leslie grew in intensity to become a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday, but now poses no threat to land, Cuba's meteorological institute Insmet reported.

The storm was moving toward the southwest at 3 miles per hour.

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"The upper level high extending from the U.S. east coast to Bermuda will also aid in keeping Leslie at a safe distance and provide overall good skies for both days". Forecasters say the storm is almost stationary and little movement is expected throughout the day.

The low pressure system has disorganized showers and thunderstorms that could become more organized as it drifts slowly across the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

Now dissolved Tropical Storm Kirk was the last storm to make a landfall.

In the Pacific, Tropical Depression Rosa is hitting Baja California, promising heavy rain for the desert southwest.

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