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Tropical Storm Lee forms and is forecast to become a major hurricane


Tropical Storm Lee, still far away from the Caribbean in the Atlantic Ocean, formed Tuesday and is forecast to become a major hurricane by the end of this week, officials said.

The storm was 1,230 miles east of the Lesser Antilles late Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

It had been a tropical depression earlier in the day but strengthened to tropical storm status.

The storm is forecast to strengthen further, and quickly, according to the hurricane center.

It is “expected to rapidly intensify into an extremely dangerous hurricane by the weekend,” the agency said in an update at 11 p.m.

The storm could have an impact on the Leeward Islands by the weekend, but “it is too soon to determine the location and magnitude of these impacts,” the hurricane center said.

A “major hurricane” is a storm of Category 3 or greater on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.