Tropical Depression 12L Strengthens into Tropical Storm Leslie12.7N 46.1W
A well-defined area of low pressure became organized enough to be declared as Tropical Depression Twelve on August 30. It strengthened to become Tropical Storm Leslie just three hours after formation, becoming the second earliest twelfth named storm in the Atlantic basin, surpassed only by Luis of 1995.
As of 11 p.m. EDT August 30 (0300 UTC August 31), Tropical Storm Leslie (12L) is located within 20 nautical miles of 14.7°N 46.8°W, about 1010 mi (1625 km) east of the Lesser Antilles. Maximum sustained winds are 45 knots (50 mph, 85 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 1002 mbar (hPa; 29.59 InHg), and the system is moving west at 16 kt (18 mph, 30 km/h). Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center of Leslie.