Hurricane Lee remains well off-shore, kicks up waves in northern Caribbean

Hurricane Lee remained a powerful but non-threatening storm Sunday, churning up seas far from land as it spun through the Atlantic Ocean.

While the storm remained large and packed 110 mph winds, no watches or warnings were in effect for any areas on Sunday afternoon, as Lee remained well north of population centers in the Caribbean and far east of Florida and the East Coast.

“It remains too soon to know what level of impacts, if any, Lee might have along the U.S. East Coast, Atlantic Canada or Bermuda late next week,” the National Hurricane Center said in a morning bulletin.

The only threats from the storm came in the form of rip tides and treacherous surf throughout the Caribbean, including in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands, according to the NHC.

“Dangerous surf and rip currents are expected along most of the U.S. East Coast beginning later today and continuing through the week as Lee grows in size,” the NHC said. “Users should continue to monitor updates to the forecast of Lee during the next several days.”

As of Sunday, that forecast had the storm turning north and moving parallel to the eastern seaboard.

Last week, Lee left meteorologists shaken when it rapidly intensified from a Category 1 to a Category 5 storm. Forecasters correctly predicted the significant, speedy increase and said it was a result of ocean warming caused by climate change.

“Hurricanes are getting stronger at higher latitudes,” said Marshall Shepherd, a former president of the American Meteorological Society. “If that trend continues, that brings into play places like Washington, D.C., New York and Boston.”