Hurricane Lee May Approach Maine, New England;  Impacts, path

After intensifying to a Category 5 storm on Friday, Hurricane Lee weakened to a Category 3 storm with winds of 120 mph. Damage to Maine and other parts of New England is possible as the storm continues toward the northeastern Caribbean. At 11 p.m. Sunday, Hurricane Lee was about 310 miles north of the northern Leeward Islands and 690 miles south-southeast of Bermuda. The hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 120 mph and was moving west-northwest at 8 mph. RELATED: Latest maps of Hurricane LeeComputer models show Lee on a steady track heading north over New England and Canadian waters next week. However, it is too early to know what extent of damage may be felt in Maine, as the storm is expected to taper off significantly in the coming days. As the storm moves north it will have an impact. As Lee turns north, in one scenario it moves a course toward New England or Canadian waters. In the second scenario a surface trough picks up the storm and carries it far out to sea. Regardless of Hurricane Lee’s track, large coastal surf is expected at this time.

After briefly intensifying Friday as a Category 5 storm, Hurricane Lee weakened and returned to Category 3 status with winds of 120 mph.

As the storm continues toward the northeastern Caribbean, impacts are possible for parts of Maine and New England.

As of 11 p.m. Sunday, Hurricane Lee was about 310 miles north of the northern Leeward Islands and 690 miles south-southeast of Bermuda. The hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 120 mph and was moving west-northwest at 8 mph.

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Related: Latest charts, models for Hurricane Lee

Computer models show the levee on a more consistent track heading north into New England and Canadian waters next week. However, it is too early to know what extent of impacts may be felt in Maine, as the storm is expected to taper off significantly in the coming days.

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‘Cone of Uncertainty’ for Hurricane Lee through Sunday evening

How close it gets to Maine and the rest of New England will depend on several weather features that affect the storm as it moves north.

As Lee turns north, in one scenario it moves a course toward New England or Canadian waters. In the second scenario a surface trough picks up the storm and carries it far out to sea.

Regardless of Hurricane Lee’s track, large coastal surf is expected at this time.

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