Hurricane Lee is set to pass perilously close to Maine and over the Canadian Maritimes this weekend, swiping eastern New England on Friday night and Saturday with high winds, rain and strong winds, the National Hurricane Center said.
Threat level: Computer model runs, fed with data from hurricane hunter aircraft, depict the storm moving in a generally northward motion, then hooking slightly closer to the U.S. coast as it turns into a Nor’easter type storm this weekend.
Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for New Brunswick & western Nova Scotia in Canada. Dangerous surf & rip currents continue across the Eastern US & Atlantic Canada coastline.
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 15, 2023
Meanwhile, President Biden approved an emergency declaration for Maine late Thursday, authorizing FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts in response to any impacts of the storm.
Of note: The storm may make landfall near the Bay of Fundy, which meteorologist Jeff Berardelli notes has the highest tidal range in the world at nearly 50 feet.
State of play: Hurricane Lee is an unusually large storm and growing further, with hurricane-force winds extending out to 105 miles from the center, and tropical storm-force winds reaching a radius of 345 miles.
Between the lines: The storm track forecast became much clearer on Thursday, though the storm could still shift subtly to the east or west as it approaches Maine and Nova Scotia.
Context: Climate change-related sea level rise is already making such storms more damaging at the coast by allowing the waves to ride on top of a higher baseline water level.
The intrigue: Eastern Maine is likely to see the strongest winds, largest waves and heaviest rains.