Preparing for Hurricane Lee

Massachusetts is under a hurricane watch through Saturday, Sept. 16. Be prepared for strong winds and potential flooding.


Under a watch hurricane or tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 48 hours.

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We’ve all been keeping a close eye on Hurricane Lee and the time has finally come to prepare. The storm is expected to impact the Boston area overnight Friday, Sept. 15 through Saturday, Sept. 16.

While we likely won’t experience a direct hit, the local forecast is expecting up to four inches of rainfall, damaging winds, flash flooding, and a storm surge of 1-3 ft.

Residents should take the following precautions:

  • Put together an emergency kit (read: flashlight, batteries, first aid supplies, and non-perishable food items).
  • Make an emergency communication plan.
  • Charge your cell phone.
  • Secure loose items and rain gutters.
  • Avoid driving + walking through flood waters.

Remember: If there is an emergency, call 911. For non-emergency issues like downed trees, call 311.

Sign up for emergency notifications through AlertBoston and know your evacuation zone. If you live in a flood-prone area, keep sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and gloves ready to go.

Residents are encouraged to stay indoors and BCYF centers will open for regular hours in case residents need to take shelter.