Published On: Fri, Sep 15th, 2023

‘Large and dangerous’ Hurricane Lee to bring tropical storm conditions to coastal New England

Hurricane Lee will bring tropical storm conditions to parts of coastal New England beginning Friday afternoon, forecasters said, warning that it will be a “large and dangerous storm.”

The large hurricane is about 460 miles south-southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. ET advisory.

Lee rapidly intensified from a Category 1 to a major Category 5 storm last week before weakening. It is currently a Category 1 and forecasters do not expect it to increase in strength as it churns across the Atlantic Ocean.

It should be post-tropical and begin weakening by Saturday, the agency said, warning that it is still “expected to be a large and dangerous storm when it reaches eastern New England and Atlantic Canada.”

Westport, Massachusetts up to the Canadian border, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard are under a tropical storm warning. Petit Manan Point, Maine up to the Canadian border is under a hurricane watch, the agency said.

The center of Lee will move away from Bermuda Friday morning as it approaches the coast of New England and Atlantic Canada. The storm is expected to turn and move across Atlantic Canada Saturday night and into Sunday, according to the agency.

This year, there have been 14 named storms, five hurricanes and three major hurricanes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last month that this hurricane season was expected to be “above normal“ compared to previous years and cited “ocean and atmospheric conditions, such as record-warm sea surface temperatures” for the change.

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