Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 230 miles from the center.
NHC forecasters say that a slower northward motion is expected to occur today, but Leslie will make a sharp turn toward the east and east-southeast over the weekend.
Leslie strengthened into a hurricane and is expected to maintain hurricane strength through the next 48-72hrs.
Leslie is sending large swells to Florida, but is not a direct threat to the U.S. It is notable in that it has undergone multiple transformations to gain hurricane status and keeps the season above normal in terms of activity.
"The upper level high extending from the USA east coast to Bermuda will also aid in keeping Leslie at a safe distance and provide overall good skies for both days".
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Leslie is moving toward the north near 8 miles per hour, and this general motion should continue through Friday night.
The National Hurricane Center is watching an area of low pressure in the southwestern Caribbean, giving it a 20 percent chance of developing over the next five days.
Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, October 5, 2018, due the presence of Tropical Storm Leslie over the Atlantic.
The tropics have been generally quiet after a whirlwind early September. The storm was named again yesterday as a subtropical storm as it transitioned again. It did so on St. Lucia in the Lesser Antilles on Thursday.