Hurricane Leslie is nearly stationary several hundred miles south of Bermuda. Leslie will track toward Bermuda late this week, passing east of the island this weekend.
Leslie was battling wind shear during the first part of this week and may continue to do so throughout its future path. However, wind shear can drop off enough to allow some strengthening.
Therefore, Leslie is expected to fluctuate in intensity over the next few days as its forward speed slows over the open Atlantic waters.
While not expected to take a direct hit on the southern or mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S, Leslie will produce building offshore swells, rough surf and dangerous rip currents northward to New England as the week progresses.
Some folks in Bermuda were already noticing increased surf.
Residents that live in eastern and northern New England northward to Newfoundland, Canada, should keep an eye on the progress of Leslie.
According to Meteorologist Mark Mancuso, "Any large system that moves near Bermuda or between Bermuda and the U.S. will create rough seas, building surf and strong rip currents, which could pose trouble for offshore shipping and fishing interests as well."
Stay tuned to AccuWeather.com and local media outlets as we continue to bring you the latest on Leslie.
Content contributed by Andy Mussoline and Alex Sosnowski, meteorologists
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