Massachusetts was spared the worst of Lee Saturday morning because the National Hurricane Center downgraded the storm to a post-tropical cyclone.
Lee remains to be anticipated to make landfall later within the day within the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The middle of the storm was about 160 miles south-southeast of Eastport, Maine and about 185 miles south-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia as of 8 a.m.
Maximum sustained winds have been recorded at 80 miles per hour and the storm was transferring north at 25 miles per hour, in response to the National Hurricane Center. Strong winds, coastal flooding, and heavy rains have been already occurring in components of New England and Canada, the facilities mentioned.
But Boston and far of Massachusetts gave the impression to be within the clear because the post-tropical cyclone moved additional north, National Weather Service Meteorologist Rob Megnia mentioned. Boston was experiencing sub-tropical storm pressure winds, with the most recent gust recorded at Logan Airport reaching 38 miles per hour.
“It’s still pretty windy and breezy but it’s really nothing more than a kind of a poor New England weather type of day today,” Megnia mentioned. “We’ll start to see the northwest winds kind of gradually die down into this afternoon and by tomorrow we’re going to be looking at the beautiful fall day.”
A forecast for post-tropical cyclone Lee reveals the storm is anticipated to make landfall in Canada on Saturday, in response to the National Hurricane Center. Less than a half-inch of rain fell in Boston, Megnia mentioned, and even on Cape Cod “it’s not looking too bad” with winds gusting at 39 miles per hour on Nantucket and at 36 miles per hour in Provincetown.
“It’s still pretty windy out there,” Megnia mentioned. “But, again, nothing too crazy and we’re past the peak so things are winding down.”
The Federal Emergency Management Agency permitted Saturday catastrophe help for Massachusetts to assist response efforts.
“The president’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts to alleviate the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population and to provide appropriate assistance to save lives, to protect property, public health and safety and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe,” the company mentioned in a Saturday assertion.
A hurricane watch remained in impact for New Brunswick from the U.S.-Canada border to Point Lepreau, together with Grand Manan Island, and for Nova Scotia from Digby to Ecum Secum, in response to the National Hurricane Center.
“A northward motion but at a slower forward speed is expected later today, and the center of Lee is forecast to reach western Nova Scotia around midday,” the middle mentioned. “Lee is then expected to turn toward the north-northeast and northeast and move across Atlantic Canada tonight and Sunday.”
Tropical storm warnings have been in impact for Westport, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. A tropical storm watch was in impact for Prince Edward Island and Magdalen Islands.
Gov. Maura Healey declared a state of emergency Friday upfront of the storm, activating as much as 50 members of the Massachusetts National Guard.
“I declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts. I do this because it’s necessary to get assets in place before anything lands here in Massachusetts. It puts us in the best possible position to be able to respond in the ways that we need,” Healey mentioned on the State House.
This is a creating story.