Today Is The Peak of Atlantic Hurricane Season

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By Donna Thomas, Meteorologist - September 10th is the statistical peak of hurricane season, and there’s no question that 2012 will go into the books as an active season.  So far, there have been 13 named storms, exceeding the average of 11.

The 12th named storm, Tropical Storm Leslie, is on the move toward Newfoundland.  As of 5 am Monday, Leslie was located at 35.7 North, 61.2 West, or 870 miles south-southwest of Cape Race.  Leslie is moving north-northeast at 16 miles per hour and will accelerate. Maximum sustained winds were 60 miles per hour early Monday, but Leslie is likely to regain hurricane strength before reaching Newfoundland on Tuesday morning.  Watches are up for Newfoundland, and rough seas and rip currents from Leslie will continue to affect the Northeast and Canada.

Hurricane Michael’s top winds decreased to 80 miles per hour early Monday. Michael is moving westward, but does not threaten land.

The disturbance in the eastern Atlantic, Invest 91 L, has become better organized and is likely to become a depression by midweek.  It is currently moving west-northwest, but computer models show it recurving in the middle of the Atlantic by late week.

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Source: The National Hurricane Center; The Weather Channel