The thirteenth tropical system in the Atlantic this year formed Tuesday morning and is close to becoming a hurricane Wednesday. The latest track has Lee rapidly intensifying into a major and dangerous category 4 hurricane by Saturday.

As of 11a.m Wednesday, Lee is a little stronger with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour as it moves to the west-northwest at 14 miles per hour.

Lee is expected to become the third major hurricane of the 2023 season. Lee is also expected to become a powerful Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 145 miles per hour north of Puerto Rico this weekend.

From there, future Lee’s track is uncertain, but most long-range computer forecast models curve the system to the north next week, avoiding a potential U.S. landfall, however, it’s too early to say if the U.S. is in the clear or not. When the turn to the north happens will be key in determining potential impacts. Regardless, this is a storm that will be worth keeping an eye on.

The CBS 17 Storm Team is monitoring Tropical Storm Lee and will bring you the latest on-air and online.