'Large and dangerous' Hurricane Lee to bring high winds and coastal flooding to New England

Hurricane Lee will bring tropical storm conditions and flooding to parts of coastal New England beginning Friday afternoon, forecasters said, warning that it will be a “large and dangerous storm.”

The large hurricane is about 460 miles south-southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. ET advisory.

The storm surge and tide will cause flooding along the coast. About 1 to 3 feet of storm surge flooding is expected in areas including Cape Cod, Long Island Sound, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, the Boston Harbor and Flushing, New York, to the Canadian border. Rockaway Inlet, New York, up to to Montauk Point, New York, could see 1 to 2 feet, forecasters said.

Lee rapidly intensified from a Category 1 to a major Category 5 storm last week before weakening. It is currently a Category 1 and forecasters do not expect it to increase in strength as it churns across the Atlantic Ocean.