Tropical Storm Leslie on a Track Up the Atlantic
The strengthening system could send swells toward the Jersey Shore next week.
Tropical Storm Leslie continues to gain strength and move northward, and the storm could become the first hurricane of the season felt by the Jersey Shore.
The projected track of the storm comes nowhere near the East Coast, but there's a good chance that the New Jersey coast will see increased surf from the distant storm by the middle or end of the week.
Leslie's sustained winds were 60 mph on Sunday, but the National Hurricane Center predicts that the storm will become a hurricane (sustained winds of at least 74 mph) within three or four days.
The storm is moving on a path north toward Bermuda, and forecasters predict it will remain over the open water of the Atlantic Ocean. But since the tropical system is newly formed, the National Weather Service warns that the projected track can be unreliable.
The storm will move slowly as it approaches Bermuda, and its position could send swells toward the entire East Coast for several days.
Leslie would pass Ocean City, N.J.'s latitude over the weekend of Sept. 8 and 9.