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Hurricane Leslie Could Create Days of Big Surf

The storm track will remain over the Atlantic.

A distant tropical storm strengthened to become a hurricane on Wednesday, and already the oceanfront is seeing rough surf from the system.

Hurricane Leslie was still almost 500 miles south of Bermuda early Wednesday afternoon, but her 75 mph winds are generating swells that are reaching the entire East Coast.

The National Weather Service issued a severe rip current advisory on Wednesday.

National Hurricane Center forecasters say Leslie is "crawling" northward, and the waves are not expected to peak on the New Jersey coast until Saturday or Sunday. The storm is predicted to remain over the open water of the Atlantic Ocean and cross New Jersey sometime early on Monday.

The ocean water temperature of 78.3 degrees on Wednesday was inviting, but conditions are expected to grow more dangerous for swimmers in the next few days.

Local winds were strong out of the south on Wednesday, bringing choppy and less-than-ideal conditions for surfers.

The current hurricane tracks suggests Leslie will pass very close to Bermuda on Saturday night as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 90 to 100 mph.

There's a chance the storm could affect Canada and Newfoundland early next week as a weakening hurricane.

Another tropical storm was named on Wednesday. Michael has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and could become a hurricane later today or tonight.

Michael is even more distant than Leslie and is not expected to affect any land mass in the next five days.

George September 06, 2012 at 11:30 AM
The hurricane will NOT "cross New Jersey sometime early on Monday." No need to stock up on bread and milk. Meanwhile, eat the mushrooms growing in your yard after all that rain.
patricia small September 06, 2012 at 01:49 PM
George, Not a good idea, the Angel of Death mushroom toxins will kill you in 10 seconds.

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