Hurricane and tropical storm watches are now in effect for much of coastal New England as Hurricane Lee threatens to deliver a blow to parts of the region as well as Atlantic Canada later this week and into the weekend.

Hurricane conditions, heavy rainfall, and coastal flooding are possible in portions of eastern Maine on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said. A hurricane watch has been issued for that area.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills on Wednesday urged residents to exercise caution and to take common-sense steps to ensure they have all they need to stay safe as the storm Lee draws closer.

The hurricane center also warned there is potential for life-threatening storm surge flooding in parts of southeastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and Nantucket late Friday and Saturday. A storm surge watch has been issued there.

A hurricane watch has been issued from Stonington, Maine, up to the US-Canada border, as well as for parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. A tropical storm watch has also been issued for a large part of coastal New England.

A satellite image of Hurricane Lee on Wednesday which shows its tremendous size relative to the US.

The massive storm, which remained a Category 2 hurricane Wednesday evening, was centered about 345 miles south-southwest of Bermuda, according to an 11 p.m. ET advisory from the hurricane center. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Bermuda ahead of Lee’s brush with the island Thursday. Bermuda is expected to feel tropical storm conditions by early Thursday.

On the forecast track, the center of Lee will pass west of Bermuda Thursday and Thursday night and then approach the coast of New England and Atlantic Canada Friday and Saturday.

Due to Lee’s large size, hazards will extend well away from the center, and there will be little to no significance on exactly where the center reaches the coast, the hurricane center has said.

The soil across much of New England is already soaked. Rainfall in parts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire is more than 300% above normal values over the past two weeks, according to weather service data.

Destructive flooding already occurred in parts of Massachusetts earlier this week.

More rainfall this week ahead of Lee will prime the environment for flash flooding, so even moderate amounts of rain from Lee could be dangerous.

The combination of tropical storm-force wind gusts and saturated soil will also bring down trees more easily, especially since trees across New England are still in full leaf. This raises the risk of a higher number of power outages across the region.

Meanwhile, dangerous surf is affecting the southeastern US coast from Florida through the Carolinas. The risk of rip currents now spans the East Coast from Florida to coastal Massachusetts.

CNN / ABC Flash Point Weather Engineering News 2023.

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