LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Hurricane Leslie 2012 is exhibiting a projected path that follows Hurricane Kirk 2012. As Hurricane Kirk 2012 moves westward, he has Hurricane Leslie right behind him. The revelation comes after the National Hurricane Center tonight that warns that we could have two hurricanes moving westward by the weekend.
Hurricane Kirk escalated from tropical storm status to hurricane status tonight as predicted. But the same will be true with Leslie by the weekend. In a news briefing out of Miami tonight, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) advised that TS Leslie will become Hurricane Leslie by the weekend.
Leslie’s current “maximum sustained winds have increased to near forty-five miles per hour with higher gusts”, officials tell news tonight. But “Leslie could become a hurricane in a day or two.”
By that rate, Hurricane Kirk 2012 and Hurricane Leslie 2012 could both in the Caribbean by Saturday. “The tropical storm force winds [currently] extend upward to forty-five miles from the center”, NHC tells news. But Kirk could move far more north, and skip the Caribbean completely.
In contrast, Leslie is strengthening over the tropical Atlantic. But her next stop remains in question. She is moving currently twenty-one miles per hour while delivering winds up to forty-five miles per hour. No “costal watches or warnings [are] in effect” tonight. But based upon the historical movement of Hurricane Isaac, Hurricane Kirk and Hurricane Leslie could enter the Caribbean through a similar path over this Labor Day Weekend. Their path after that remains in question.