The center of Hurricane Leslie was located near latitude 29.5 north, longitude 56.8 west. Leslie is stationary and little motion is expected for the next several hours. A northward motion is forecast to begin this evening, and this motion with an increase in forward speed should continue through Friday night. A turn to the east is expected this weekend.
Maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph (130 km/h) with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, but a slow weakening trend is expected to begin on Friday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 230 miles (370 km).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 975 mb (28.80 inches).
Leslie was upgraded to a tropical storm Saturday evening. The storm remains several hundred miles west of the Azores, but locally Leslie is producing rip currents along the Atlantic Coast as result of the increased swells.
Leslie is moving toward the southwest near 8 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue through Wednesday. After that Leslie will briefly stop moving, and then start moving again back to the North as a Catoegry 1 Hurricane
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 5065
Swells generated by Leslie will affect Bermuda, the east coast of the United States, and most of the Greater and Lesser Antilles through the weekend. These swells will likely cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.