Hurricane Lee East Coast of US, Canada; New depression expected in Atlantic – Sun Sentinel

Hurricane Lee’s track is now targeting New England and coastal Canada, with possible impacts this weekend. Elsewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, Hurricane Margot may have reached peak intensity. According to the latest forecast, a low pressure system will develop into a tropical depression in the Far East this weekend.

Lee will continue its turn north tonight, increasing the risk of coastal flooding rains in New England and Canada this weekend. The National Hurricane Center said the storm is expected to accelerate and expand along the U.S. East Coast in the coming days.

The National Hurricane Center said in its 2 p.m. update that tropical-storm-force winds could reach Long Island and southern New England by Friday night, and the storm would be on Cape Cod by Saturday morning.

The storm could turn slightly east Friday night and Saturday, bringing it closer to southern New England, forecasters said.

Jeff Berardelli, a meteorologist at WFLA-TV in Tampa, wrote on social media that “the biggest impact of these big fast-moving systems … is huge waves and significant upwelling.” He shared a map showing a 10-foot wave height at 16-foot Cape Cod on Long Island’s south shore.

The storm is expected to expand over time and continue to grow as it speeds north. Hurricane winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 240 miles.

The National Weather Service says there is a risk of high surf in Palm Beach County Friday through Sunday, and a risk of rip currents in Broward and Palm Beach counties Thursday through Sunday.

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A tropical storm watch was in effect for Bermuda Wednesday as Lee moved to its west. Bermuda could get up to 2 inches of rain Thursday through Friday, forecasters said.

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