Southern New England prepares for Hurricane Lee

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The coast of Southern New England saw some impacts from Lee on Saturday morning as the storm pushed north in the Atlantic.

After being downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, the storm passed about 200 miles offshore, with sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the New Bedford area, as well as the Cape and Islands. The entire coast is under a High Surf Advisory.

While the storm stayed offshore, the outer bands caused gusty winds, on-and-off rain, and strong surf.

Surfers were out taking advantage of the large waves in Narragansett and Newport, including local legend Sid Abruzzi.

Video: Surfers at Easton’s Beach

Video: Waves at Brenton Point in Newport

Video: Waves at Beavertail State Park in Jamestown

The forecast calls for potential wind gusts of 35-50 miles per hour inland and up to 65 miles per hour on the outer Cape and Nantucket.

With the ground being saturated by all the rain over the past few days, the winds could topple trees and cause scattered power outages.

A number of weekend events were modified or rescheduled due to the adverse weather forecast. See an updated list here.

At a news conference on Friday, Gov. Dan McKee said he met several times with the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) and Rhode Island Energy to go over preparations, just in case.

“These storms cost municipalities money. These storms cost our state resources. We need to know and have qualified people in place so that we can recover,” he said.

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The R.I. Department of Transportation has crews ready to respond to any downed trees. R.I. Energy also said it will have additional workers on standby.

Even with the storm not making landfall, RIEMA said it’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.

“At a certain point, we have to make decisions. Now is it better to make the decision and nothing happens? I say yes. But we’re here for the citizens. Whatever we need to do, as it comes up the coast, we’ll be here 24-7,” RIEMA’s Armand Randolph told 12 News.

It’s still important to have an emergency kit on hand, complete with nonperishable food, water, a flashlight and first aid supplies.

Flights may be impacted at T.F. Green and other airports, so be sure to check the WPRI.com Flight Tracker for updates.

Download the 12 News and Pinpoint Weather apps to receive important updates throughout the storm.



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