Storm Lee: Powerful Post-Tropical Cyclone Threatens New England and Eastern Canada with Hurricane-Force Winds

Storm Lee Causes Damage and Power Outages in New England and Eastern Canada


Storm Lee has caused significant damage in New England and eastern Canada, resulting in fallen trees and widespread power outages. Despite being downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone, the storm still poses a threat with its hurricane-force winds, storm surge, and heavy rains. It is expected to make landfall near the Maine-New Brunswick border and continue moving across Atlantic Canada.

Impact on Massachusetts and Waterlogged Areas

Fortunately, the storm bypassed the areas of Massachusetts that had already experienced severe flash flooding. However, the region has had a particularly wet summer, leading to saturated ground. As a result, the high winds from Storm Lee have caused trees to topple and power outages to occur.

Extent and Dangerous Conditions

Although the storm has weakened, it still has a wide reach. Hurricane-force winds extend up to 140 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds cover a range of up to 390 miles. The storm surge poses a significant risk of coastal flooding in Atlantic Canada, accompanied by large and destructive waves.

Power Outages and Comparison to Nor’easters

The impact of Storm Lee is far-reaching, causing power outages even several hundred miles away from its center. As the storm resembles a nor’easter, a type of fall and winter storm common in the region, it has wider wind fields compared to typical tropical cyclones.

Government Response and Precautions

President Joe Biden has declared an emergency in Massachusetts, and federal aid is on its way. A tropical storm warning is in effect for various regions, and a hurricane watch has been issued for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Residents are advised to stay home and avoid the dangerous conditions.

Comparison to Previous Storms and Conclusion

While Storm Lee shares similarities with 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, it is not expected to cause as much damage. Destructive hurricanes are relatively rare in northern regions, with the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 being one of the most powerful storms in recent history. However, there have been no storms of that magnitude in recent years.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from the New Hampshire-Maine border through Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island to northern New Brunswick. Power outages have been reported in Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, affecting nearly 200,000 customers. Nova Scotia’s largest airport, Halifax Stanfield International, has suspended all flights. Peak gusts are projected to reach 70 mph along the eastern coast of Maine. Cruise ships have sought shelter in Portland, and lobstermen have secured their traps and boats to protect them from the storm.

Despite the warnings, some residents in New England seem unconcerned about the severity of Storm Lee. However, officials urge caution and emphasize the potential dangers of the storm. While it may not reach the level of previous devastating storms, it is still considered dangerous.

Overall, Storm Lee serves as a reminder of the importance of preparedness and safety measures in the face of severe weather conditions.

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