A Hurricane Warning has been issued for the forecast RI+ Hurricane Lee path

The risk of wind gusts, rain and coastal flooding increases as Hurricane Lee’s potential path approaches the coast.

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The forecast for Hurricane Lee’s path has shifted to the west, putting Cape Cod back into the “cone of uncertainty” and sending “an increased risk of wind, coastal flooding and rainfall impacts from Lee in parts of New England,” according to the National. Hurricane Center and National Weather Service.

Meanwhile, southern New England faces another round of flooding today.

A hurricane warning has been issued for Rhode Island

Late Wednesday, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning

“A tornado warning continues for Greenville RI, Chepachet RI, and Harmony RI until 4:45 PM EDT.”

The National Weather Service continues on its website: “Hurricane Warning for East Central Windham County, North Connecticut, West Providence County, Rhode Island.”

“At 409 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Foster, or 10 miles northeast of Plainfield, moving east at 25 mph.”

more: What should you do in a tornado warning? Here’s a guide.

Will Hurricane Lee hit Rhode Island, Massachusetts?

Forecasters don’t expect Lee to make landfall in southern New England, but “the direction over the past 12 hours in most directions has been to the west (aka SNE) which could increase the potential for a significant impact to our area,” the service says. Weather in her discussion of the morning forecast.

The Weather Service says the storm could pass close enough to southern New England to bring strong winds and heavy rain to southern New England early Friday night into Saturday.

more: Here’s what you should do to prepare if a tornado hits RI

Where will Hurricane Lee make landfall?

A chart from the National Hurricane Center at 5 a.m. shows Lee’s center as a tropical storm making landfall in Maine or Canada at 2 a.m. Sunday.

“Given Lee’s large size, the hazards will extend far from the center, and exactly where the center reaches the coast will be of little consequence,” the National Hurricane Center says.

The National Hurricane Center said a watch, indicating a risk of dangerous weather, may be required in parts of New England later today or tonight.

Track Hurricane Lee: Rhode Island was encouraged to monitor the track of the Category 3 storm

Along the beach, expect big waves and rip currents.

“Regardless of the exact path, Lee continues to push a lot of energy northward to our south/southeast facing beaches. This will result in surf as high as 15-20 feet in our outer eastern waters by Saturday with waves of 10-15 feet for general”. inland waters,” the weather service says. “For this reason, rip currents will be a significant risk late in the week/weekend.”

Where is Hurricane Lee now?

As of 5 a.m., Lee was a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 115 mph. It was about 475 miles southwest of Bermuda and moving northwest at 6 mph.

Ahead of any potential impact from Lee, southern New England faces more potential flooding today.

With the ground saturated from recent rains in many areas, Rhode Island and other parts of southern New England could see more flooding today with heavy rain and thunderstorms again in the forecast, according to the National Weather Service.

Watch the storm: Traffic and beach cameras allow you to see weather conditions throughout the state

Storm watch from Block Island

Like many other people on Block Island, Renee Dwyer and her boyfriend, Dan Roche, were “watching” the forecast. Dwyer and Roche have been living and sailing aboard their 46-foot Leopard Catamaran for the past 3.5 years.

They left Block Island on Wednesday morning, sailing for Connecticut. On the water Wednesday morning, Dwyer said conditions were “good.” Dwyer said they spent nearly a month on Block Island, and their decision to leave took into account the storm and the end of the season.

Dwyer said they are “playing it safe” and plan to head inland and sail part way up the Connecticut River to Essex.

“We hope the storm deflects” away from New England, she said.

Block Island Ferry operators are also paying close attention to the forecast.

“We are closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Lee and the impacts it may have on our ferry operations,” Interstate Navigation said on the ferry’s website. “If you plan to travel with us Friday through Sunday, please continue to check our website for the latest information.”

A flash flood warning has been issued for parts of Rhode Island

The Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning starting at 12:14 PM today for Bristol County and parts of Kent and Providence Counties, as well as parts of Massachusetts.

“Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the WARNED area. Expected rainfall rate is 1.5 to 2.5 inches in one hour. Additional rainfall of 1 to 3 inches is possible in the WARNED area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to occur Starting soon,” the warning says.

“Extremely saturated conditions continue across much of southern New England, and some locations are still recovering from Monday’s severe flooding,” the weather service said earlier. Thunderstorms from west to east.”

“This will exacerbate existing flooding and/or trigger new areas of flooding,” the weather service says.

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