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Atlantic hurricane season roars on, Lee forms

Published:Saturday | September 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Tracy Hanlon gets a ride to check her flooded home in Bonita Springs, Florida, last Friday in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.


The hurricane season is roaring on as Tropical Storm Lee forms far from land, Jose threatens the US East Coast and Norma moves closer to Mexico.

Norma is expected to pass near the resort-studded southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula late today and early tomorrow.

Meanwhile in the Atlantic, Jose threatens to impact the Northeast part of the US in the next few days, and Lee developed into a tropical storm.

The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said yesterday that Lee had sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) and was about 655 miles (1,055 kilometres) west of the Cabo Verde Islands. Little change in strength is forecast over the next couple of days.

To the west, another disturbance prompted tropical storm watches for a portion of the Lesser Antilles. The system is about 755 miles (1,215 kilometres) east of the area, and the governments of St Lucia, Martinique, and Guadeloupe have issued watches.