Lee makes landfall in Canada as storm wallops Maine with high winds, damaging waves

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According to the National Hurricane Center, Lee came ashore on Long Island off the western coast of Nova Scotia on Saturday afternoon with winds of 70 mph.

Gusts reached as high as 65 mph in Wellfleet, Massachusetts along Cape Cod. But the worst has now passed in Massachusetts and all Tropical Storm Warnings have been discontinued in the state. But Tropical storm Warnings remain across the coasts of Maine and New Hampshire, now stretching through more of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia into Prince Edward Island.

Swells generated by Lee along the coasts of Cape Cod and New England are expected to experience 1-3 feet of surge, while Long Island may see 1-2 feet. According to the NHC, the most significant flooding will happen along the immediate coast, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves that could reach 10-18 feet or higher, depending on proximity to the storm, with Downeast Maine forecast to receive the highest waves. The huge breaking waves will lead to beach erosion and minor inundation along the immediate coast.

"It’s hard to tell with Maine. You can never really be sure what you’re getting here," Portland, Maine, resident Logan MacDonald said. "Seems like the weather changes every five minutes but with storms you really just go out, and prepare, buy all of the essentials. Some candles, you know and hope for the best."

A three-hour radar loop showing where showers and thunderstorms are ongoing. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are indicated in yellow. Tornado Warnings are indicated in red, while Tornado Warnings with a confirmed tornado are indicated in purple. Flash F

 

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