Hurricane Lee downgrades to Category 1 as it moves toward New England coast

Miami – He Hurricane Lee weakened this Thursday to category 1 with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour (mph) west of Bermuda and as it advances towards the coast of the New England region, in the northeastern United States, generating dangerous surfs and ocean currents.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) indicated in its 1:00 pm bulletin that the center of the hurricane was located about 230 miles southwest of Bermuda and 710 miles south of the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Much of the coastal areas of New England are currently under hurricane and tropical storm watches, as well as storm surges, with areas where the sea can rise up to four feet above its usual level and flood coastal populations.

According to the trajectory predicted by the NHC, the center of Lee will pass west of Bermuda this afternoon, where strong winds and rain of up to 50 millimeters are produced, and will approach the coast of New England or Atlantic Canada between Friday and Saturday.

Lee, who reached category 5, the maximum, on the Saffir-Simpson intensity scale, has been slowly weakeningbut will still remain “a large, dangerous hurricane” for at least a couple more days.

In a wide radius, The high tides generated by Lee are affecting sectors of the Lesser Antilles, the British and US Virgin Islands, Puerto RicoHispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas, Bermuda, the east coast of the United States and beginning to be felt on the Atlantic coast of Canada.

Likewise, since Friday night, strong winds, coastal flooding and impacts from the rains associated with this system are expected for sectors of New England and the Atlantic coast of Canada.

For its part, Hurricane Margot continues to weaken today in the open waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, but the waves generated by this system continue to affect the Azores islands.

The center of Margot was located about 710 miles west of the Azores today and has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, with it projected to continue weakening as it “loops” over the weekend.

Margot is moving north-northeast near 6 mph.

There are no coastal watches or advisories in effect for Margot.

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