Coastal Maine is girding for a direct hit from Hurricane Lee

Although Hurricane Lee’s actual path just isn’t but recognized, and it’s unclear how sturdy will probably be when it will get to Maine, officers alongside the coast are beginning to plan for a direct strike this weekend.

The storm has weakened because it reached class 5 standing late final week and is predicted to proceed to lose power because it strikes north over the open ocean towards the Gulf of Maine. Nonetheless,  it’s anticipated to nonetheless be sturdy sufficient to topple timber and trigger flooding in inland and coastal Maine by the point the wind and rain start right here on Saturday.

The arrival of Hurricane Lee might mark one of many few instances that such a storm makes direct landfall in Maine, moderately than coming from one other state or passing Maine out to sea. The strategy conjures reminiscences of Hurricane Bob crashing into Maine’s shoreline in 1991, inflicting $42 million price of harm and knocking out electrical energy to greater than 150,000 folks.