Hurricane Lee: Massachusetts and Maine under state of emergency as storm nears-live

Hurricane Lee advances towards US as warnings issued for New England

New England will start bearing the brunt of Hurricane Lee on Friday with winds nearing 85mph and 3ft of possible storm surge.

Maine declared a state of emergency as the state issued its first hurricane watch in 15 years. Massachusetts also declared a state of emergency on Friday. Lee was downgraded to a Category 1 but it is still expected to be a “large and dangerous storm” this weekend, forecasters warned.

The hurricane picked up speed as it turned north on the approach to the coast of New England on Friday. Lee is then expected to move across the border and impact Atlantic Canada on Saturday night and Sunday.

Beginning Friday night, Lee is expected to drop 1-4 inches of rain across parts of eastern New England, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Storm surge is also a threat to coastal areas, particularly if it occurs at high tide. Surge of 1-3ft is possible from Flushing, New York to the US-Canada border including the Long Island Sound, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Boston Harbor.

Hurricane Lee arrives in New England while the region is still in recovery mode after heavy rain and flash flooding inundated parts of Massachusetts earlier this week.

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US sets record for billion-dollar weather disasters in a year — and there’s still four months to go

The deadly firestorm in Hawaii and Hurricane Idalia’s watery storm surge helped push the United States to a record for the number of weather disasters that cost $1 billion or more. And there’s still four months to go on what’s looking more like a calendar of calamities.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Monday that there have been 23 weather extreme events in America that cost at least $1 billion this year through August, eclipsing the year-long record total of 22 set in 2020. So far this year’s disasters have cost more than $57.6 billion and claimed at least 253 lives.

And NOAA’s count doesn’t yet include Tropical Storm Hilary’s damages in hitting California and a deep drought that has struck the South and Midwest because those costs are still to be totaled, said Adam Smith, the NOAA applied climatologist and economist who tracks the billion-dollar disasters.

Martha McHardy13 September 2023 15:00


New NOAA shows Hurricane Lee’s predicted trajectory

The NOAA has released a new trajectory model showing the predicted path Hurricane Lee will take when it makes landfall near the US and Canadian borders on Saturday.

Hurricane Lee is a Category 1 storm, and is expected to bring high winds and strong storm surges to the region.

An NOAA map showing the predicted trajectory of Hurricane Lee as it continues on its path through New England and eastern Canada


Graig Graziosi15 September 2023 18:30


Massachusetts declares state of emergency

Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey has declared a state of emergency and has activated the National Guard ahead of Hurricane Lee’s arrival in the region later this evening.

The storm is continuing its push north in the Atlantic Ocean. Forecasters believe that the eastern edge of the storm will brush Cape Cod and coastal Massachusetts on its way toward the easternmost Canadian provinces.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Cape Cod, the Islands, and coastal Massachusetts. Wind speeds are predicted to reach up to 60mph (97km/h) on Saturday.

The National Weather Service said heavy rains are not anticipated for that region.

Graig Graziosi15 September 2023 18:16


Surfers take advantage of Hurricane Lee’s waves

Surfers were captured riding the waves near Montauk, New York as Hurricane Lee approaches the US northeast.

The storm is producing 10-foot waves along portions of the northeast coast. While waves of that size are not uncommon for the region, they don’t typically occur when the water is warm, providing surfers with a rare treat.

Surfers in New Hampshire were quick to capitalise on the opportunity before Hurricane Lee arrives in the region on Friday evening.

“It’s like surfing in Hawaii,” surf photographer Ralph Fatello told the Portsmouth Herald. “We don’t get that that often.”\

Graig Graziosi15 September 2023 17:28


The enormity of Hurricane Lee on display thanks to satellite photos

This Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, 7:10a.m. EDT satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Lee in the Atlantic Ocean. Maine was under its first hurricane watch in 15 years and a state of emergency declared Thursday by Gov. Janet Mills. The hurricane watch applied to eastern Maine, while the rest of the state and an area extending south through Massachusetts was under a tropical storm warning. (NOAA via AP)


Graig Graziosi15 September 2023 17:05


Hurricane Lee to drop 2-4 inches of rain on New England, Canadian coast

The National Hurricane Centre predicts that the Hurricane Lee will bring 2 to 4 inches (50-100ml) of rain to eastern Maine, western Nova Scotia, and portions of New Brunswick beginning tonight and lasting through Saturday evening.

The agency warned the rains could “produce localized urban and small stream flooding.”

Maine declared a state of emergency on Thursday ahead of the storm’s arrival.

Graig Graziosi15 September 2023 16:40


Updated watches and warnings list from the National Hurricane Centre

The National Hurricane Centre has updated its list of watches and warnings ahead of Hurricane Lee’s arrival in New England and Canada.


A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…

* New Brunswick from the U.S./Canada border to Point Lepreau, including Grand Manan Island

* Nova Scotia from Digby to Ecum Secum

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…

* Westport Massachusetts northward to the U.S./Canada border

* New Brunswick from the U.S./Canada border to Fort Lawrence, including Grand Manan Island

* Nova Scotia from Fort Lawrence to Point Tupper

The Hurricane Watch for Down East Maine has been discontinued.

Graig Graziosi15 September 2023 16:11


Hurricane Lee weakens to Category 1 storm, but remains expansive weather system

Hurricane Lee was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane this week after reaching Category 5 late last week.

The storm thankfully did not make landfall during its peak power, but is now poised to bring rains and high winds to New England and Canada’s southeastern coast on Saturday.

According to the National Hurricane Centre, the storm has become asymmetrical as its crawled up the US east coast, with most of its thunderstorms on its north side and its dry air trapped on the south.

Despite its weakening due to the Atlantic wind shear, the storm is still enormous. Tropical storm-speed winds extend up to 320 miles from Hurricane Lee’s center, and will be felt in New England just a day after the remnants of the storm leave Bermuda.

Graig Graziosi15 September 2023 16:07


Bermuda shakes-off Hurricane Lee

Bermuda will experience tropical storm force winds through Friday morning and early afternoon as Hurricane Lee moves away from the island.

Emergency crews were dispatched to assess the island for damage on Friday morning, according to Lt Col David Burch, the acting Minister of National Security.

Some neighborhoods suffered power outages. The island’s school were kept closed Friday to assess damage.

Hurricane Lee is approximately 180 nautical miles north of the island as it heads for a weekend landfall near the US-Canada border.

Graig Graziosi15 September 2023 15:18


Earth is outside its ‘safe operating space for humanity’ on most key measurements, study says

Earth is exceeding its “safe operating space for humanity” in six of nine key measurements of its health and two of the remaining three are headed in the wrong direction, a new study has said.

Earth’s climate, biodiversity, land, freshwater, nutrient pollution and “novel” chemicals (human-made compounds like microplastics and nuclear waste) are all out of whack, a group of international scientists said in the journal Science Advances.

Only the acidity of the oceans, the health of the air and the ozone layer are within the boundaries considered safe and both ocean and air pollution are heading in the wrong direction, the study said.

“We are in very bad shape,” said study co-author Johan Rockstrom, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany.

“We show in this analysis that the planet is losing resilience and the patient is sick.”

Joe Sommerlad15 September 2023 15:00

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