Hurricane Lee's latest forecast: Northeast to see dangerous rip currents, huge waves

The Carolinas to Long Island are seeing waves up to 12 feet.

September 13, 2023, 5:02 PM

There's an increasing likelihood that Hurricane Lee, now a Category 2 storm, will bring wind, rain and flooding to coastal New England on Friday and into the weekend.

As of Wednesday night, the National Hurricane Center reported that the storm was approximately 370 southwest of Bermuda and 950 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Here's what you need to know:

Alerts for high surf and rip currents have been issued from Florida to Massachusetts.

The Carolinas to Long Island are seeing waves up to 12 feet.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is sending 50 National Guardsmen to help Long Island prepare for the possible high surf, rip currents, coastal flooding and beach erosion.

On Wednesday night, the National Hurricane Center sent out an alert warning that tropical storm conditions were likely over Bermuda on Thursday.

PHOTO: Hurricane Lee forecast track graphic
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Lee is forecast to still be hurricane-strength by the time it passes east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on Saturday morning.

Lee could bring strong, gusty winds from Rhode Island to Boston to Maine. The heaviest rain, wind and storm surge will be from Cape Cod to Bar Harbor, Maine, from Friday night through Saturday.

Hurricane conditions are possible in eastern Maine.

Up to 4 feet of storm surge is possible on Cape Cod and Nantucket.

Early Sunday morning, Lee may make landfall between coastal Maine and Nova Scotia as a post-tropical storm. Lee will then head out to sea.

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