Lee strengthens to a Category 3 hurricane — NHC

Lee has strengthened to become the fifth major hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday.

Lee, now a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, was about 2,845km (1,765 miles) west of the Azores, packing maximum sustained winds of 185km per hour (115 miles per hour), the NHC said. “Slow weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours,” it added.