Hurricane Lee advances towards US as warnings issued for New England
The water-logged region is bracing for 20ft waves offshore and wind gusts up to 80 mph, along with more rain.
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.
Although Lee did not contribute to the flooding that hit New England earlier in the week, it threatens to exacerbate conditions in a region that is already battling the elements.
The Coast Guard and emergency management agencies have warned state residents to be prepared while utility companies have brought in reinforcements to deal with any power outages that might result from the hurricane’s impact.
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
Saturday morning into Sunday expected to be peak of Hurricane Lee’s impact on New England
The National Weather Service expects Saturday morning and Sunday to be the peak of Hurricane Lee’s impact on New England.
“It looks like early Saturday morning into Saturday evening should be the peak in New England,” Weather Channel senior meteorologist Chris Dolce said.
The hurricane is currently churning up the US east coast on its way toward New England.
A state of emergency has already been delcared in Maine, where officials are expecting high winds, heavy rain, significant storm surge and possible flooding as a result of the hurricane.
Graig Graziosi15 September 2023 10:00
State of emergency declared in Maine ahead of Hurricane Lee’s arrival
Officials in Maine have declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Lee’s arrival in the northeast.
“We continue to closely track the storm and expect heavy rains and high winds that likely will cause storm surge, flooding, infrastructure damage, and power outages,” Governor Janet Mills said in a social media post on Thursday.
“We continue to strongly urge Maine people – particularly those Downeast – to exercise caution and to take steps to ensure they have what they need to stay safe as the storm draws closer.”
Joe Sommerlad15 September 2023 09:00
National Weather Service shares photo of gargantuan Hurricane Lee
The National Weather Service office serving Portland, Maine, shared an image showing the size of Hurricane Lee as it approaches the US east coast.
Hurricane Lee is expected to produce tropical storm force winds along the US east coast in the coming days, and Bermuda has already closed schools for Thursday and Friday as it feels the effects of the passing storm.
Graig Graziosi15 September 2023 08:00
Sinkhole swallows cars in wake of Massachusetts flooding in Massachusetts
The sinkhole opened up in the city of Leominster after heavy rains destabilised the ground and opened up a 15-foot deep chasm.
Public works crews expressed concerns that the flood and subsequent sinkhole might have weakened the foundation of a home near the affected area. The couple living in the house were forced to leave on Monday night.
Graig Graziosi15 September 2023 07:00
Massachusetts urges residents to prepare for storm’s arrival
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency issued a checklist of preparations for residents on Thursday as Hurricane Lee is expected to bring “life-threatening” conditions to parts of the state.
Graig Graziosi15 September 2023 06:00
Watch: Preparing for Hurricane Lee
Preparing for Hurricane Lee
Graig Graziosi15 September 2023 04:59
Bermuda suspends ferries and shuts schools amid impacts from Hurricane Lee
The government of Bermuda shared updates on safety measures as Hurricane Lee began to impact the island early on Thursday.
Schools were closed on Thursday and Friday, and citizens were asked to stay off the roads.
Ferry services had also been suspended and L.F. Wade International Airport in St George’s was closed at noon.
Graig Graziosi15 September 2023 04:00
Pictured: The vast scale of Hurricane Lee captured from space
A satellite image, from 8am (eastern) on Thursday, shows Hurricane Lee in the Atlantic Ocean.
Lee looks poised to wallop New England even as the region still deals with the impact of days of wild weather that produced torrential rain, flooding, sinkholes and a likely tornado.
Graig Graziosi15 September 2023 03:00
‘Life-threatening’ storm surge warnings
Thursday morning storm surge warnings from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) at 11am Thursday for Massachusetts and New York are as follows:
“The combination of storm surge and tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline,” NHC reported.
“The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide.” – Chatham, MA to Sagamore Beach, MA: 2-4 ft
– Sagamore Beach, MA to Border of US/Canada:1-3 ft
– Flushing, NY to Chatham, MA:1-3 ft
– Montauk Point, NY to Flushing, NY: 1-3 ft
– Long Island Sound: 1-3 ft
– Martha’s Vineyard: 1-3 ft
– Rockaway Inlet, NY to Montauk Point, NY: 1-2 ft
Graig Graziosi15 September 2023 02:00