(WPRI) — A Tropical Storm Warning and a Storm Surge Watch have also been issued for Southeastern Massachusetts/Cape
Weather impacts continue into Saturday morning.
A direct hit from a landfalling hurricane is not expected for our area, but will see stong wind gusts, especially for southeast coastal Mass.
11:00PM Friday UPDATE HURRICANE LEE
SUMMARY OF 1100 PM ----------------------------------------------- LOCATION...39.5N 65.8W ABOUT 370 MI...595 KM SSW OF HALIFAX NOVA SCOTIA ABOUT 250 MI...405 KM ESE OF NANTUCKET MASSACHUSETTS MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...80 MPH PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNE OR 15 DEGREES AT 20 MPH MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...965 MB. At 1100 PM, the center of Hurricane Lee was located near latitude 39.5 North, longitude 65.8 West. Lee has been moving toward the north-northeast near 20 mph over the past few hours. A north to north-northwest motion is forecast to resume later tonight, and this motion at a faster forward speed is expected through Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Lee will continue to approach the coast of New England and Atlantic Canada through Saturday. Lee is then expected to turn toward the north-northeast and northeast and move across Atlantic Canada Saturday night and Sunday. Lee is a very large and dangerous storm. Maximum sustained winds, based on Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft data, are near 80 mph with higher gusts. Some gradual weakening is forecast, with Lee expected to become extra-tropical on Saturday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 345 miles (555 km). NOAA Buoy 44011 located about 205 miles north of the center has recently reported a peak one-minute sustained wind of 47 mph and a gust of 67 mph
The storm is moving northward and is expected to continue to weaken as it passes well offshore of Southern New England, moving over cooler waters.
WHAT TO EXPECT
LATEST BOUY REPORTS
Wave heights continue to increase offshore
The latest update from the NHC has Lee passing about 175 miles east of Cape Cod, but since the storm is so large and wide, we will get grazed with some showers and gusty wind into early Saturday morning. The worst weather will be confined to east coastal Mass. and the Cape and Islands.
POTENTIAL WIND GUSTS
A landfall is still expected in either northeastern Maine or Nova Scotia.
Winds could be gusting to 30-50 mph in our area but gusts to 60+ mph are possible on the outer Cape and Nantucket.
With such saturated ground due to all the rain over the last several days, these winds could topple some trees, and scattered power outages are “possible” into Saturday morning. Power outage risk will be higher for Cape Cod
Tropical Storm Warning Remains In Effect Southeast Mass.
LARGE SURF AND WAVES FRIDAY-SATURDAY
Stay with 12 News for updates on the path and track over the next few days.
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