Lee made landfall with near-hurricane strength in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia on Saturday as a post-tropical cyclone, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, just below the 74 mph threshold for a, according to the agency.
Themoved up the Atlantic Ocean this week, threatening the East Coast with life-threatening surf and rip currents. On Saturday, Lee was lashing parts of New England and southeastern Canada with heavy rain and powerful winds and causing dangerous storm surge.
In the coastal town of Searsport, Maine, a 51-year-old man died Saturday after a large tree limb fell on his vehicle, according to the Associated Press. The incident happened as high winds were hitting the area. Police Chief Brian Lunt said the electricity had to be cut to downed power lines before the man could be taken from the vehicle, according to the AP.
Lee made landfall in far western Nova Scotia at around 4 p.m. EDT, the hurricane center said. As of 5 p.m. EDT, the center of the storm was located about 80 miles south-southeast of Eastport, Maine, and about 150 miles west-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the hurricane center said.
In Massachusetts, Lee pounded coastal areas with gusts as high as 63 mph,. President Biden approved a federal emergency declaration for the state on Saturday, authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate any relief efforts. Mr. Biden approved a similar declaration for Maine on Thursday.
Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey, who had declared various states of emergency for the storm, lifted the orders Saturday, saying on social media Lee’s effects on the state were “minimal.”
“I’m grateful for residents and public safety officials who have been responding to and preparing for severe weather and flooding throughout the week,” she said.
Ahead of the storm, lobstermen moved their boats and traps inland so they wouldn’t be damaged in rough waters.
“It’s the saying that I always say, if you don’t do anything, it’s going to be bad,” Jeffrey Richardson of Sandwich, Massachusetts,. “If you spend half the day hauling traps, bringing traps in, prepping your boat, it’s going to be minimal. And that’s what happened … much better being safe than sorry.”