14:38 GMT12 August 2020
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    Tropical storm Lee is strengthening on its way toward the United States and will become the fifth major hurricane this year, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The advisory said that Lee is moving toward the northwest near 7 mph and this motion is expected to continue on Wednesday.

    "Lee becomes the fifth major hurricane of the 2017 season," the advisory stated. 

    With maximum sustained winds of up to 115 mph, Lee grew into a Category 3 hurricane. However, forecasters have said Lee would likely weaken in the next couple of days.

    ​The NHC said Lee does not pose an immediate threat and no coastal warnings have been issued for this storm so far.

    Another hurricane, Matia, is bringing strong winds and storm surge flooding has occurred along the outer banks of the US state of North Carolina, the NHC said in a separate advisory.


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