As of 4 p.m. Friday, Lee has winds of 80 mph and is a Category 1. It’s still a hurricane as it moves north at 20 mph.
Hurricane Lee is forecast to remain a hurricane as it tracks north toward Nova Scotia, Canada. Strong winds have already been hitting the New England coast. Rainfall amounts of one to four inches will be possible with higher amounts of two to five inches along Maine’s northeast coast.
Storm surge will range from one to three feet. The wind will still be strong in that area after the rain passes.
Tropical Storm Warnings are up from Massachusetts north to Maine. A Hurricane Watch is in effect as well for northeast Maine. It’s the first Hurricane Watch posted for NWS Caribou’s office since Hurricane Kyle in 2008.
Atlantic Hurricane Season:
So far this season, there have been 13 named tropical systems. Nine have been tropical storm strength, two hurricanes, and two major hurricanes. During an average season, the Atlantic Basin sees 14 named storms, seven of which are hurricane-strength and three of which are major hurricanes.
The peak of hurricane season was September 10. The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30.