Areas affected: northeastern U.S., Canada, Nova Scotia
When: Thursday, Sept. 14 - Monday, Sept. 18
AccuWeather's hurricane experts are warning businesses from New England to the Canadian Maritimes to prepare for the impacts of Hurricane Lee this weekend. Lee is expected to bring strong, damaging winds, heavy rain and coastal flooding. AccuWeather For Business customers using AccuWeather's Hurricane Warning Service will receive exclusive updates as Lee makes its way to the northeastern United States. Businesses should prepare for significant disruptions in operations and supply chains after Lee makes landfall.
Hurricanes are not just a problem along the coast; they can also impact businesses several hundred miles inland. Don't wait for an imminent hurricane or tropical storm to prepare your business for one. The message is clear: Start planning now.
Businesses across portions of New England will see up to 2 inches of rain, while areas of eastern and northern Maine to western New Brunswick will see up to 8 inches of rain. There is an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 9 inches. The saturated ground and recent heavy rain in some areas will increase th risk of flash flooding.
These areas will also see damaging winds from Lee with gusts up to 60 mph. Other coastal Main and New Brunswick areas could see up to 80 mph. These strong winds can bring down trees and power lines and cause damage to buildings.
Businesses in the path of this dangerous storm will need to keep a close eye the track and should:
Determine hazards your location is most vulnerable to during a hurricane
Perform a vulnerability assessment of all equipment, processes and operations
Prepare for winds and flying debris to cut power, which may not be restored immediately
Stay away from floodwaters
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