Hurricane Lee may pass perilously close to Maine and over the Canadian Maritimes this weekend, and it will swipe eastern Massachusetts on Friday night and Saturday, 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 closer to the U.S. coast as it turns into a Nor’easter type storm this weekend.
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 290 miles.
Between the lines: The storm track forecast is 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.
The bottom line: Hurricane Lee is expected to be a large and damaging storm when it reaches far eastern New England and Canada this weekend.