Hurricane Lee makes landfall in the Atlantic Ocean late Thursday.
Hurricane Lee Heavy rain and strong winds will bring localized flooding and knock out power across communities beginning Friday in parts of coastal New England and Atlantic Canada.
Lee will continue to track north and weaken through Friday, with its center hundreds of miles off the US East Coast. But its massive size — coupled with strong winds far from the storm’s center — will push strong winds, inland heavy rain and high surf into New England.
Tropical storm conditions – minimum wind 39 mph — is expected to begin Friday afternoon in southern New England, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm’s strongest winds are expected to be mostly confined to coastal areas, but strong winds cannot be ruled out inland, and power outages could occur as trees are at risk of downing already saturated soils.
Isolated flooding is possible as Lee drenches parts of New England with several inches of rain Friday night into Saturday.
Coastal and coastal conditions will continue to deteriorate as Lee moves north on Friday. The Hurricane Center reported dangerous rip currents and surf along much of the East Coast. Coastal flooding is possible at high tides as storm winds push water toward shore.
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Lee’s Center, A Type 1 The tornado, early Friday, was about 460 miles south-southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. The hurricane center said 8 a.m. ET. Its hurricane force winds extended 105 miles from its center and tropical storm-force winds extended 320 miles.
Lee dumped strong winds and tropical storm conditions on Bermuda throughout Thursday as it passed west of the island, causing power outages. Those weather conditions are expected to continue into Friday morning, and a tropical storm warning is in effect for the entire island.
Meanwhile, in the United States, hurricane and tropical storm warnings are in effect for many New England coastal communities in anticipation of Lee’s potential impacts Friday and into the weekend.
Tropical storm warnings extend from the Massachusetts coast through Maine and into parts of the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. A tornado watch is in effect for the north coast of Maine, southwestern New Brunswick and western Nova Scotia.
Maine Gov. Janet Mills declared a state of emergency Thursday as Lee approached, seeking federal help in preparing for the storm.
on Saturday, Hurricane-force winds (at least 74 miles) is possible from the northern coast of Maine into the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. But tropical storm-force winds are possible across much of New England and Atlantic Canada.
Provincial and wildlife parks in Nova Scotia will be closed Friday, inching closer to the Lee area.
“Safety is our top priority as we prepare for the storm forecast for the weekend,” said provincial Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables Tori Rushton. “We are closing our parks due to the storm and will reopen when it is safe.”
Lee is expected to dump its heaviest rain on Maine on Saturday. Neighboring states, including New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, could also receive rain from Lee.
Over the weekend, communities from Rhode Island to northern Maine could see up to an inch of rain. Areas from the Massachusetts Cape to central Maine could see 1 to 2 inches of rain. Continued showers could add 2 to 4 inches of rainfall in eastern Maine with local amounts of up to 6 inches.