Updated Sep 15, 2023 - News

What Massachusetts could expect from Hurricane Lee

Satellite image showing Hurricane Lee moving north toward New England and Nova Scotia. Image: CIRA/RAMMB

A tropical storm warning is in effect in Boston, Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard as Hurricane Lee makes its way through the Atlantic toward New England and Canada.

Driving the news: Massachusetts is outside Lee's likely path, but Cape Cod residents are preparing for the worst.

  • Axios' Andrew Freedman writes that Lee may swipe eastern Massachusetts on Friday night and Saturday. Lee could pass the Cape at full hurricane strength, bringing heavy rain and strong winds.
  • "Friday night Hurricane Lee will be knocking on our doorstep," meteorologists at the NWS Boston forecast office wrote early Thursday morning.
  • Additionally, a storm surge watch has been issued for Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket, where a surge of 1 to 3 feet above normally dry land is possible if the storm hits at the time of high tide.

The latest: The storm is a Category 1, and the current forecast predicts it will hit eastern Maine and Nova Scotia as a tropical storm.

Zoom out: Computer models, fed with data from hurricane hunter aircraft, depict the storm moving in a generally northward motion, then hooking closer to the U.S. coast as it turns into a Nor'easter type storm this weekend.

Of note: Universal Hub's French Toast Alert is "elevated," meaning you might want to think about stocking up on eggs, milk and bread.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with the latest forecast details.


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