Hurricane Lee, now a post-tropical cyclone, is battering the east coast of the United States and Canada with strong winds and heavy rain.
The National Hurricane Center forecasted that the storm would later make landfall in Canadia’s Nova Scotia after striking Maine and Massachusetts with maximum sustained winds of up to 80 mph and 1 to 3 feet surges.
“We encourage all of those in the path of this large and dangerous storm to remain alert,” the White House said as storm surge warnings were still effective along Long Island and New England coasts.
As of Saturday morning, there were more than 100,000 Americans without power from Massachusetts to Maine. There were also flight cancelations.
“Please plan ahead to stay indoors if possible on Saturday and check on your loved ones and neighbors,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu told residents.
Maura Healey, the governor of Massachusetts, declared a state of emergency and joined Wu in warning locals.
“As we’ve seen in recent weeks, severe weather is not to be taken lightly. Flooding, wind damage, downed trees, tree limbs – all these things create real hazards and problems for people.”