Post-tropical Cyclone Lee brings ‘pretty impressive’ 93 mph winds as it moves toward Canada

Hurricane Lee swept past the New England coast and made landfall in Canada on Saturday afternoon.

The northeastern United States dodged the worst of the forecast from destructive Lee, which was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone early Saturday but still brought fearsome winds of up to 93 miles per hour as it moved north.

“There have been some pretty impressive wind gusts,” Fox Weather meteorologist Cody Braud told the Post. “We came in at 93 miles per hour from Grand Manan Island, off the coast of New Brunswick.”

The post-tropical cyclone made its first official landfall on Long Island, Nova Scotia, battering the thin strip of land with 70 mph winds, Braud said.

The storm was expected to cross the Bay of Fundy toward New Brunswick to make landfall again near the coastal city of St. John.

“Nova Scotia is going through the worst of it right now and the winds will ease as it moves north,” he said.

As of Saturday afternoon, more than 141,000 homes and businesses were without power in Nova Scotia and more than 26,000 in New Brunswick, according to

Hurricane Lee was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone as it moved toward Maritime Canada.AP
A tourist was struggling with a rain poncho that the wind had wrapped around him.Wind gusts of up to 93 miles per hour were recorded in New Brunswick and 83 miles per hour in Maine. AP

Braud said much of Lee’s impact Saturday morning came along the Maine coast, with 10- to 20-foot waves hitting the shoreline while wind gusts of 83 mph were recorded in the town of Perry, at the eastern end.

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Coastal and flash flood warnings were also issued in the Pine Tree State.

As of Saturday afternoon, nearly 96,000 homes and businesses in Maine were without power, according to, with additional reports of downed trees.

An electronic sign warning of dangerous waves is posted on a highway in Maine.More than 71,000 homes in Maine were without power as of Saturday morning. AP

Off the coast of Massachusetts, tropical storm-force winds hit Nantucket and Boston, Braud said, with reports of a fallen tree crushing a couple of cars in the state but, so far, no more significant damage.

Following heartbreaking predictions of a destructive hurricane earlier in the week, New Englanders brazenly boasted about minimal damage suffered.

“We will rebuild,” the online news outlet Nantucket Current captioned a 6-second clip, posted on

A man stands on a rain-soaked street looking at a very large Adirondack chair that was knocked over by the storm.The governors of Maine and Massachusetts had declared a state of emergency before the storm.REUTERS

The I-95 corridor is forecast to have a brief respite on Sunday with “a really nice day,” before a coastal low brings heavy rain Monday into Tuesday morning, Braud said.

“We have a day of relaxation and then [we’re] dealing with more impactful weather as we begin the work week,” he said.

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