Tropical Storm Leslie has been gaining strength about 330 miles east-northeast of the Leeward Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Leslie has strengthened to have sustained winds of 65 mph and is moving west-northwest at about 18 mph. Its minimum central pressure is 998 millibars or 29.47 inches.
As yet no coastal watches or warnings have been put in place, and it is expected that Tropical Storm Leslie will more northwest on Sunday and slow down in speed. If that predicted track is maintained then Leslie should miss the Leeward Islands by quite some way. However, for those hoping that Leslie will weaken in the coming days they will be disappointed, as current predictions state that there will be little to no change in the tropical storm's strength in in the coming two days.
By Sunday Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands could experience swells from the strong storm, and surfers and beach folk are being warned to be wary of strong currents, as well as threatening surf and rip current conditions.
Another tropical storm is also brewing to the northwest of Leslie, and Tropical Storm Kirk is moving at a fast pace northeastwards in the Atlantic Ocean. Kirk is currently about 935 miles west-northwest of the Azores, and also has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. However, it is currently moving at a speed of 29 mph.
Kirk, however, is set to weaken in the coming few days and could be absorbed by a front by Monday.
Hurricane Isaac has wreaked havoc through Haiti, the Dominican Republic, as well as New Orleans, Alabama and Mississippi regions over the past week. Isaac made landfall this week as a category 1 hurricane, but it soon weakened back to a tropical storm strength. However, its sheer size and slow moving nature have caused widespread problems and extensive flooding and outages have been experienced across the regions.