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As hurricane Lee continues its relentless march through the Atlantic, Canadians brace themselves for potential impacts that could extend well beyond the coastal regions. Lee, which escalated to a Category 3 hurricane while swirling north of Puerto Rico, has sent meteorologists and emergency responders into high gear. Here’s the latest on hurricane Lee’s path and its anticipated effects on Atlantic Canada and neighboring regions.
Current Situation of Hurrican Lee
On Tuesday, hurricane Lee stood approximately 495 miles south of Bermuda, boasting formidable winds of up to 115 mph and moving at a steady west-northwest pace of 7 mph. While the storm’s current trajectory keeps it away from immediate landfall, a tropical storm watch has been issued for Bermuda, with Lee expected to pass just west of the island later this week.
Residents of Bermuda are advised to exercise caution as Lee approaches, bringing with it a significant storm surge and the potential for property damage. Meanwhile, the storm’s influence is expected to extend beyond its core path. Rhode Island, eastern Massachusetts, southeastern New Hampshire, and central and coastal Maine are all projected to experience high winds and flooding.
The forecast predicts Lee’s gradual weakening as it moves into cooler waters in the coming days. By Sunday, it is expected to transition into a tropical storm before potentially making landfall in Nova Scotia, Canada. According to AccuWeather, this could bring about a heightened risk of property damage, particularly from the strongest winds.
It’s important to note that even as Lee weakens, its expanding wind field is expected to produce impacts far from the storm’s center. Dangerous surf and rip currents have already been reported in multiple regions, affecting not only the Lesser Antilles but also the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and parts of the Southeastern U.S. coast. These conditions are projected to extend to the U.S. East Coast in the near future.
While experts monitor Lee’s progress closely, the full extent of its impact on the northeastern U.S. coast and Atlantic Canada remains uncertain. The National Hurricane Center emphasises the need for continued vigilance and preparedness among residents in potentially affected areas.
hurricane Lee is the twelfth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which spans from June 1 to November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) had earlier forecasted a busy season, predicting 14 to 21 named storms, with six to eleven potentially strengthening into hurricanes. Two to five could develop into Category 3 storms or higher.
As we keep a watchful eye on Hurricane Lee, Canadians and residents along the U.S. East Coast are reminded of the importance of preparedness and staying informed. With the storm’s unpredictable nature, it’s crucial to stay updated with local advisories and take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of both lives and property. Test