New England and Canada warned ‘large and dangerous’ Hurricane Lee to hit soon

See where Hurricane Lee is headed

Hurricane Lee has continued to hurtle towards New England and the Atlantic coast of Canada, with current projections showing it will make landfall over the weekend.

While considerably weakened after hitting Category 5 last Friday, Lee remains “large and dangerous” – forcing Maine to issue its first hurricane watch in 15 years.

The National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory: “On the forecast track the center of Lee will … approach the coast of New England and Atlantic Canada today and Saturday.

“Lee is then expected to turn toward the north-northeast and northeast and move across Atlantic Canada Saturday night and Sunday.

“Lee is forecast to become post-tropical and begin weakening by Saturday, but it is still expected to be a large and dangerous storm when it reaches eastern New England and Atlantic Canada.”

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While not directly affected by Hurricane Lee, meteorologists have warned the residents living between Long Island and the US-Canada border could experience up to three feet in storm surge.

Residents in the areas of Boston Harbor, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in Massachusetts have been told to prepare for one to three feet storm surges.

Lee is currently expected to make landfall between Saturday and Sunday, triggering intense rain and threatening affected areas with flash flooding.

“This storm will be affecting more than just the coast. The winds will ramp up on Friday, crank through the day on Saturday and then slowly start to taper off as we head into our Sunday,” forecaster Stephanie Abrams said.

Joe Biden issued an emergency declaration for Maine ahead of Lee’s arrival in order to free up Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) resources to best “coordinate all disaster relief efforts.”

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While forecasters feared Lee would shift from its northward path, the hurricane’s eye is now forecast to pass east of the US coast.

However, the storm’s wind field spreads for hundreds of miles across and the cyclone will dump buckets of fresh water on already saturated grounds.

The US Coast Guard and emergency management agencies warned New England residents to be prepared, and utility companies brought in reinforcements to deal with power outages.

At Boothbay Harbor Marina in Maine, the community came together to remove boats from the water to keep them out of harm’s way.

Similar scenes played out elsewhere, including at Kennebunkport Marina, where crews planned to take 100 boats out of the water, said Cathy Norton, marina manager.

The majority of New England is now under a tropical storm watch and the Canadian province of New Brunswick is bracing for potential landfall over the weekend.

A year ago, the remnants of Hurricane Fiona washed houses into the ocean, knocked out power to most of two provinces and swept a 72-year-old woman into the sea.

New Brunswick Minister of Public Safety Kris Austin urged residents to assemble a 72-hour safety kit that included batteries, water, food, medication and a radio.

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