Gov. Maura Healey declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts Friday because the state braces for probably damaging winds, rains, and floods stirred up by Hurricane Lee, a storm that’s working up the East Coast and is anticipated to make landfall Saturday in Maine.
The newest emergency declaration contains the activation of as much as 50 National Guard members to help storm preparations and response, together with by working highwater automobiles designed to cope with storm circumstances.
Severe climate is to not be taken evenly, Healey mentioned as she pointed to flooding earlier this week in Leominster and North Attleboro that wiped away roads and houses. Healey has declared a state of emergency in response to the floods there and a separate one final month in response to an emergency shelter disaster.
“Flooding, wind damage, downed trees, tree limbs, all of these things create real hazards and problems for people. We’ve also seen power outages. So we are mobilizing and have mobilized,” Healey mentioned on the State House. “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.”
Massachusetts joins Maine in declaring a state of emergency forward of the storm. Healey additionally requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency to challenge a pre-disaster emergency declaration, which was granted within the Pine Tree State and permits for protecting measures forward of a catastrophe.
Tropical storm warnings have been in impact early Friday afternoon for all of Massachusetts’ shoreline, practically all of Cape Cod, and Boston. Tropical circumstances have been potential Friday afternoon and into the night with gusts as much as 40 knots, in accordance with the National Weather Service.
Hurricane Lee, a Category 1 storm, was forecasted to go near 200 miles off the east coast of Cape Cod however its extensive wind discipline was anticipated to carry robust gusts to Massachusetts, mentioned National Weather Service Boston Meteorologist Rob Megnia.
“We are going to be experiencing some tropical storm force winds, especially on Cape Cod and the Islands, they’re gonna catch the brunt of it. Along the east coast of Massachusetts, though, we’ll probably get to some tropical storm force wind gusts there as well,” Megnia instructed the Herald.
Megnia mentioned Massachusetts will seemingly expertise peak storm circumstances between 4 a.m. and eight a.m. Saturday with noticeable enhancements into the early afternoon.
“It’s going to be in and out pretty quick,” Megnia mentioned.
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Dawn Brantley mentioned regardless that the forecast requires average impacts within the state from Hurricane Lee, a sequence of serious rain occasions with smaller quantities can affect infrastructure and folks’s lives.
“Having an emergency declaration in place pre-event allows the commonwealth to mobilize resources and personnel. to prepare to request direct federal assistance through FEMA, and allows MEMA the ability to take the necessary actions to respond,” Brantley mentioned on the State House.
Hurricane Lee is anticipated to make landfall in Maine on Saturday, the place the National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning. As of 11 a.m. Friday, the storm was north-northeast at 18 miles per hour, in accordance with the middle.
Hurricane Lee was about 395 miles south-southeast of Nantucket and about 620 miles south-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia as of 11 a.m. Friday, in accordance with the National Hurricane Center.
“Lee remains a large hurricane over the Western Atlantic,” an advisory from the middle mentioned. “Tropical storm conditions expected to begin across parts of coastal New England later this afternoon.”