Reports say despite Hurricane Lee being downgraded, it is still considered to have the strength of a Category 1 hurricane. That being the case, the Post Tropical Cyclone Lee is moving through New England with damaging winds and heavy rain that cause coastal flooding and power outages.Meteorologist Britta Merwin states that despite the Hurricane Lee being downgraded to a post tropical cyclone, it is still considered to have the strength of a Category 1 hurricane with winds at 80 miles per hour. Furthermore, the Post Tropical Cyclone Lee is reportedly taking its strength from clashes between warm and cold air unlike hurricanes and tropical storms.
Unfortunately, according to Jones, the Post Tropical Cyclone Lee is expected to make landfall in New England which will bring damaging winds and heavy rain, causing coastal flooding and leaving more than 20,000 households without power.
Strengthening of Post Tropical Cyclone Lee
According to Oberholtz, on the afternoon of September 16, the number of households that will lose power is expected to increase, with power lines and trees at risk of falling over. As a result, the Governors of Maine and Massachusetts announced states of emergency ahead of the Post Tropical Cyclone Lee and employed National Guard members to prepare whenever a response is needed.
To date, the Post Tropical Cyclone Lee is making its way north at 25 miles per hour along the immediate coastlines of Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Further reports say the town of Wellfleet along the coast of Cape Cod was also struck with winds at 65 miles per hour.