Hurricane Leslie, a slow moving system in the Atlantic Ocean, does not pose a threat to the Southeastern coast.
But the system, moving north at 3 mph, will provide ocean swells for surfers.
“The only significant weather associated with it is going to be the long period ocean swells that are going to be coming onto our shores for the next … five to seven days,” said Dave Loewenthal, weather forecaster of the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Wilmington. “It’s going to be a surfer’s delight.”
The swells could reach up to six or seven feet in height by Friday, he said during a telephone interview Tuesday.
“The entire system is going to stay well offshore,” Loewenthal said. “It may affect Bermuda. Based on the model forecast, it could even clip Maine when it’s racing off to the Northeast in about a week from now. As far as any threat to us, none at all, just some waves for the surfers.”
The track currently has the storm reaching Bermuda on Friday or Saturday, but he said it is tricky to forecast when the storm is so far out in the ocean.
The storm has maximum sustained winds of about 65 mph.
“It’s a little disorganized at this point, but it’s forecast to re-strengthen,” Loewenthal said.