New England Braces for Hurricane Lee's Wrath with Tropical Storm Warnings

17:53 14.09.2023

As Hurricane Lee continues to move across the Atlantic, it is now generating tropical storm conditions in Bermuda and causing hazardous beach conditions along the East Coast of the United States. The forecast path of the hurricane is becoming clearer, with deteriorating weather conditions expected in the Northeast United States and Canada on Friday. In preparation for the storm, tropical storm warnings have been issued for Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Westport in Massachusetts. Additionally, hurricane and tropical storm watches have been issued for most of coastal New England and parts of Canada.

The National Hurricane Center reports that tropical storm conditions were reported in Bermuda on Thursday and are expected to continue through Friday. The center of the storm is projected to pass west of the island. Once the storm passes Bermuda, it is likely to turn toward the Gulf of Maine and make landfall between Maine and Nova Scotia. Due to its large size, the storm is expected to bring hazards such as heavy rain, strong winds, and potential flooding to areas far from its center, regardless of where landfall occurs. Impacts are expected in New England and Atlantic Canada as early as Friday.

As Hurricane Lee churns in the Atlantic Ocean, a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Bermuda. The hurricane, which was once a Category 5 storm, is now starting to turn northwards. This shift in direction means that millions of people in New England will need to prepare for potential impacts, including the possibility of tropical-storm-force winds, dangerous surf, and life-threatening rip currents. While a landfall in the United States is not currently expected, Canada is likely to be affected. For the first time in the storm's history, land has been included in Lee's forecast cone. Forecasters predict that Lee will weaken as it approaches New England and become extratropical. The potential impacts for those living in the region will resemble a nor'easter during the winter, rather than a direct hit from a hurricane. However, there is still a possibility of experiencing tropical-storm-force winds exceeding 40 mph. The storm will also bring large waves, posing the risk of beach erosion and coastal flooding.

As of the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Lee is located approximately 400 miles south-southwest of Bermuda. It is moving northwest at a speed of 7 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, categorizing it as a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The center predicts that Lee will continue to weaken slowly over the next two days, although it will remain a large and powerful hurricane.

The forecast track for Hurricane Lee indicates a slow northwest movement over the next day or so before it begins to turn north on Thursday. It is expected to pass near, but west of, Bermuda. The storm will then continue north, remaining well off the mid-Atlantic and Northeast coast for the rest of the week, ultimately reaching Nova Scotia by Sunday morning.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Bermuda, which will remain in effect until further notice. This warning signifies that tropical-storm-force winds are expected to occur within the area within 36 hours. These winds may be accompanied by storm surges, coastal flooding, and/or river flooding. The National Hurricane Center advises those in the Northeast, New England, and Atlantic Canada to monitor the progress of Hurricane Lee closely.

As Hurricane Lee begins to accelerate its forward movement, its wind field is expected to expand in size. The FOX Forecast Center predicts that the wind field will extend over 550 miles, resulting in far-reaching impacts across New England. Eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod are likely to experience the strongest wind gusts, with communities such as Provincetown, Eastham, Barnstable, and Harwich being most affected. National Hurricane Center Director Michael Brennan explains that Hurricane Lee will undergo a transition to an extratropical storm, resembling a nor'easter rather than a classic hurricane, which is common for storms at this latitude. Despite the track of the center, hazards extending hundreds of miles from the storm's center are expected.

Most of the heavy rainfall is projected to fall over Atlantic Canada. However, depending on Hurricane Lee's track, parts of New England may see a few inches of rain. Coastal regions from Massachusetts to Maine are expected to see the highest rainfall totals, with Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and most of Maine receiving approximately 1-2 inches. Eastern Maine may experience higher totals, with forecasts estimating between 2-3 inches.

Residents of New England still have a few days to prepare for the potential impacts of Hurricane Lee. While all parts of the region may be affected, those living along the Massachusetts coast and in Maine should pay close attention to the progress of the storm and be prepared with a plan of action.

/ Thursday, September 14, 2023, 5:53 PM /

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