Good Saturday Morning

We continue to track Hurricane Lee this evening It’s now a Category 1 storm located about 200 miles south-southeast of Nantucket heading northward. It’ll pass to our 175 miles to our east this morning but expect strong wind gusts into Saturday morning. Conditions improve on Saturday afternoon and Sunday.


TROPICAL STORM WARNING for southern Bristol County in Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands. Winds could gust between 35 and 45mph in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, but 50-65mph possible on the Cape and Islands.

Lee continues to increase its forward speed…now moving at 25 mph to the north. Max winds of 80mph now, and it will likely weaken over the next 24 hours.

Lee is still expected to pass to our east as a Category 1 storm Saturday morning.

While not a direct hit, we’ll see some strong winds. Although Rhode Island is not in a Tropical Storm Warning, the Ocean State will still see gusts to 45mph. Westport, Dartmouth and New Bedford could see some gusts to 50mph. 60mph+ gusts for eastern Massachusetts.

NOTE: Because of the saturated ground, some trees could come down, even in Rhode Island with the strong wind gusts. Isolated power outages are possible in Rhode Island. A better chance of power outages exists over eastern Massachusetts Friday night and Saturday morning.

As the storm makes its closest approach Saturday morning, showers are possible in Rhode Island and especially over eastern Massachusetts. We’ll see the strongest winds on Saturday morning

Large, dangerous ocean waves will be impacting our coastline today through the weekend. Beach erosion is possible.


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-Meteorologist Tony Petrarca And T.J. Del Santo

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