Hurricane Lee to affect U.S. East Coast, Canada; new depression expected in Atlantic – Sun Sentinel

Hurricane Lee’s trajectory is now aimed at New England and coastal Canada, with impacts likely this weekend. Elsewhere in the Atlantic, Hurricane Margot may have reached peak intensity. Farther east, a low-pressure system will likely become a tropical depression by this weekend, according to the latest forecast.

Lee will continue its turn north tonight, which will increase the risk of coastal flooding rain in New England and Canada later this week. The storm is projected to parallel to the U.S. East Coast over the coming days while accelerating and widening, the National Hurricane Center said.

The National Hurricane Center said in its 2 p.m. update that tropical-storm-force winds could reach Long Island and southern New England by Friday night and the storm will be located off Cape Cod by Saturday morning.

Forecasters said the storm could turn slightly to the east Friday night and Saturday, which would bring it closer to southern New England.

Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli of WFLA-TV in Tampa posted on social media that “the biggest impact from these large fast moving systems … is huge waves and substantial surge.” He shared a map indicating potential wave heights of 10 feet along the south shore of Long Island 16 feet on Cape Cod.

The storm has widened over time and is expected to continue to grow as it accelerates north. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 240 miles.

The National Weather Service has said there’s a risk of high surf in Palm Beach County from Friday to Sunday, and a risk of rip currents in Broward and Palm Beach Counties from Thursday  to Sunday.

A tropical storm watch was in effect for Bermuda Wednesday with Lee passing to its west. Bermuda could see up to 2 inches of rain Thursday into Friday, forecasters said.


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