Lee remains at category-3 hurricane with 115 mph maximum sustained winds.
At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Lee was located near latitude 24.0 North, longitude 65.4 West. Lee is moving toward the west-northwest near 7 mph (11 km/h). A slow west-northwest to northwest motion is expected during the next day or two, followed by turn toward the north by midweek. On the forecast track, Lee is expected to pass near but to the west of Bermuda in a few days.
Data from the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts. Lee is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next few days.
Lee is a large hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 948 mb (28.00 inches) based on dropsonde data from the aircraft.
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Hurricane Margot has maximum sustained winds near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or so. Weakening is likely to begin by Thursday.