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Life-threatening Cyclone Leslie set to U-turn and head straight for the UK

A huge storm bringing wind and rain could hit the UK if a life-threatening cyclone changes its track.

Cyclone Leslie is currently causing hurricane-force winds, in the Atlantic, off the coast of Bermuda.

And forecasters predict that the storm could do a U-turn and head directly for the UK, by the end of the week.

Met Office chief forecaster Andy Page told the Express: “Tropical Storm Leslie is currently in the central North Atlantic and is expected to remain there over the next few days.

“Leslie will likely strengthen to a hurricane as it moves over warmer waters on Tuesday and Wednesday, with large swells affecting Bermuda and east coast of US and Caribbean.

“It is likely to gradually weaken after this and to move eastwards across the north Atlantic.

“Some models suggest Leslie will track south of the UK while others suggest it may move close to the UK by the end of next week.

“It is too early to tell the exact impact on the UK but it will most likely bring a spell of strong winds and rain – the type of weather associated with low-pressure systems at this time of year.

A spokesman for the US National Hurricane Centre has warned the storm will drag a huge sea swell towards Bermuda and the Bahamas before changing direction on a new path towards northern Europe.

He said: “Large swells generated by Leslie will continue to affect portions of the southeastern coast of the United States, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and most of the Greater and Lesser Antilles for another day or two.

“These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents.

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“The cyclone should move slowly southwestward to southward during the next couple of days.

“After that time, a shortwave trough to the northwest of Leslie is expected to allow the tropical cyclone to lift slowly north-northeastward.

“Regardless of the details of the forecast track, Leslie is still expected to meander over the central Atlantic through the remainder of this week.”

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