From Hancock County, Maine, Emergency Management Agency:
Hurricane Lee Local Statement Advisory Number 40
National Weather Service Caribou ME AL132023
523 AM EDT Fri Sep 15 2023
This product covers EASTERN AND NORTHERN MAINE
**Tropical Storm Warning continues for Downeast Maine as Lee
* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
– The Hurricane Watch has been cancelled for Coastal Hancock
– A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Southern
* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
– A Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch are in effect for
– A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Central Penobscot,
Central Washington, Coastal Hancock, Interior Hancock, Northern
Washington, Southern Penobscot, and Southern Piscataquis
* STORM INFORMATION:
– About 690 miles south of Petit Manan ME or about 730 miles
south of Eastport ME
– 34.4N 67.5W
– Storm Intensity 85 mph
– Movement North or 10 degrees at 16 mph
– Forecast confidence continues to increase that Lee will make
landfall along the coast of New Brunswick late Saturday night/early
– Lee is a large storm and impacts are expected well away from the center
– Tropical storm force winds and heavy rainfall are expected from Bangor
Region through Interior Downeast and southward. The Downeast Coast
will feel the most impact from Lee, including moderate coastal
flooding and erosion.
– Power outages and localized flooding from rainfall could be enhanced
by rainfall earlier this week
Protect against 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
– Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent
in areas with above ground lines.
Also, protect against hazardous wind having possible limited impacts
across Northern Maine.
Protect against locally hazardous surge having possible limited
impacts across coastal Downeast Maine. Potential impacts in this area
– Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along
immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots.
– Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread
with surge water and rocks and debris. Driving conditions
dangerous in places where surge water or rocks and debris
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.
* FLOODING RAIN:
Protect against dangerous rainfall flooding having possible
significant impacts across Eastern and Downeast Maine. Potential
– Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and
– 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.
Little to no impacts are anticipated at this time across EASTERN AND
Listen to local official for recommended preparedness actions,
including possible evacuation. If ordered to evacuate, do so
* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
Now is the time to complete all preparations to protect life and
property in accordance with your emergency plan. Ensure you are in a
safe location before the onset of strong winds or possible flooding.
If you are relocating to safe shelter, leave as early as possible.
Allow extra time to reach your destination. Roads and bridges will be
closed once strong winds arrive. Check the latest weather forecast
before departing and drive with caution.
If heading to a community shelter, become familiar with the shelter
rules before arrival, especially if you have special needs or have
pets. Take essential items with you from your Emergency Supplies Kit.
Failure to adequately shelter may result in serious injury or loss of
life. Always heed the advice of local officials and comply with any
orders that are issued. Remember, during the storm 9 1 1 Emergency
Services may not be able to immediately respond if conditions are
unsafe. This should be a big factor in your decision making.
Keep cell phones well charged. Cell phone chargers for automobiles
can be helpful, but be aware of your risk for deadly carbon monoxide
poisoning if your car is left idling in a garage or other poorly
It is important to remain calm, informed, and focused during an
emergency. Be patient and helpful with those you encounter.
If you are a visitor, be sure to know the name of the city or town in
which you are staying and the name of the county in which it resides.
Listen for these locations in local news updates. Pay attention for
instructions from local authorities.
Rapidly rising flood waters are deadly. If you are in a flood-prone
area, consider moving to higher ground. Never drive through a flooded
roadway. Remember, turn around don’t drown!
Closely monitor weather.gov
, NOAA Weather radio or local news outlets
for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes
to the forecast. Ensure you have multiple ways to receive weather
* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
– For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
– For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org