It has now been identified as a Category 1 hurricane but Leslie remains in the mid-Atlantic with sustained winds of around 80mph and is thought to be moving north at 3mph.
At 5 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Leslie was located near latitude 34.1 north, longitude 51.3 west. Leslie is moving toward the southwest near 6 miles per hour (9 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through Sunday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles.
Leslie strengthened into a hurricane and is expected to maintain hurricane strength through the next 48-72hrs.
SURF: Large swells generated by Leslie will continue to affect portions of the southeastern coast of the United States, Bermuda, and the Bahamas during the next few days. We are in the midst of one of the longer runs of swell we've seen in some time for both the East Coast and Caribbean Leslie's strengthening and favorable track sends even more swell to the East Coast and Caribbean regions.
The tropics have been generally quiet after a whirlwind early September.
In the Pacific, Tropical Depression Rosa is hitting Baja California, promising heavy rain for the desert southwest.