TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Hurricane Lee weakened again Friday night but remained a major Category 3 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said in its 11 p.m. update.
Lee is located about 440 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands and is moving west-northwest at 13 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Lee’s sustained winds are down to 115 mph from 150 mph earlier Friday.
Hurricane Lee is expected to slow down its movement significantly into next week as it passes north of the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Swells from Lee are impacting parts of the Lesser Antilles and should reach the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas and Bermuda over the weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center.
“Life-threatening” rip currents are expected along most of the eastern coast of the United States Sunday into Monday and will get worse through the week, the NHC said.
The NHC is also tracking Tropical Storm Margot.
Forecasters said Margot is located about 810 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. The storm’s winds remain near 40 mph. It is expected to become a hurricane early next week.