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Tropical Storm Lee forms in far Atlantic

Tropical Storm Lee forms in far Atlantic

The storm was about 500 miles south-southwest of Bermuda, packing maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, the NHC said, per Reuters.

North Carolina's Outer Banks could see tropical-storm-force winds by Monday. The storm was moving west-northwest at 7 miles per hour.

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect for Jose, but the storm is expected to "generate swells that will spread northward, reaching the mid-Atlantic coast and the coast of southern New England during the next few days". These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Calling it an "odd forecast track", the National Hurricane Center said that Jose should make a small clockwise loop over the open waters of the Atlantic for the next three days.

The official forecast track from the hurricane center puts Jose as a strong tropical storm Wednesday 225 miles southeast of NY.

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Jose is the sixth named hurricane of the Atlantic basin season, which lasts through November. Some strengthening is forecast through Saturday, with weakening possibly beginning on late Sunday.

The last time a hurricane hit CT was Sandy in October 2012.

To the west, another disturbance prompted tropical storm watches for a portion of the Lesser Antilles. The depression also strengthened to 40 miles per hour winds forming Tropical Storm Lee.

The National Hurricane Center's forecast cone, which represents potential paths for the storm based on various models, had moved westward on Friday so it encompassed all of CT, as well as Boston.

Rain will probably be our most noticeable impact, but even then we're not expecting a lot of rain.