If you haven't begun preparations for Hurricane Lee, you need to begin on Thursday, September 14th.

The National Weather Service in Caribou has issued a Hurricane Watch for Saturday and Saturday night for the Downeast coast and the coastal waters.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Saturday and Saturday night for southern Penobscot County as well as interior Hancock and Washington counties.
National Weather Service Caribou
National Weather Service Caribou

According to the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency

  • Prepare for dangerous wind having possible significant impacts across Downeast Maine. Potential impacts in this area include:
  • Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles.
  • Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several fences and roadway signs blown over.
  • Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable.
  • Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines.
  • Also, prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across Interior Downeast Maine and the Bangor Region.
  • Elsewhere across Eastern and Northern Maine, less impact is anticipated.
  • Prepare for dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant impacts across Downeast Maine. Potential impacts include:
  • Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and rescues. Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, arroyos, and ditches overflow.
  • Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations.
  • Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures.
  • Prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts across coastal Downeast Maine. Potential impacts in this area include:
  • Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots, or in areas farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore.
  • Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the road.
  • Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong rip currents.
  • Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings.

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