Hurricane Lee Guide for Maine
Maine is no stranger to fierce storms like hurricanes and nor’easters, and no matter what Hurricane Lee brings, the resilient people of New England are ready.
We know how beloved Maine is for our readers, and whether you’re a Mainer, have loved ones there, or just want to keep an eye on your favorite destination, we want to give you the tools you need to stay informed.
Latest Weather Updates for Hurricane Lee
You can keep up with the latest official forecasts through Maine’s National Weather Service offices and television stations throughout Maine.
Television Stations in Portland
Television Stations in Bangor
Television Station in Presque Isle
You find the social media links, app downloads, and live streams on the television station websites.
How Often Do Hurricanes Happen in Maine?
A direct hit from a hurricane in Maine is rare. The last hurricane in Maine was Hurricane Gerda in 1969. Any powerful hurricane usually gets zapped by the cold waters of the Atlantic, but that doesn’t mean storms can’t do serious damage. It also means Mainers aren’t going to panic but smartly prepare and recover from the storm.
Even the most notable tropical system in “recent” years was in 1991. Does anyone remember Hurricane Bob? Nor’easters are more common, and many of you know the Christmas storm of 2022 caused near-historic high tide along the Maine coastline. With the soggy summer Maine saw, another big concern is the oversaturation of the ground with Hurricane Lee.
Safety Resources for Hurricane Lee in Maine
Here are some hurricane safety links.
Maine Hurricane Evacuation Dashboard: Interactive map with evacuation zones and routes in Maine.
National Hurricane Center: Tracking all tropical weather with updates every six hours (Starting daily at 5:00 a.m. EDT)
National Hurricane Center Storm Surge Information: Important information about storm surge watches and warnings.
NOAA NWS Hurricane Center YouTube: Video updates and forecast every six hours.
NHC FAQ List: Information about hurricanes, tropical activity, impacts, risks, and terminology.
FEMA Hurricane Safety Information: Supply lists, home safety, etc.
FEMA Before, During, and After Brochure: Downloadable form to share with loved ones.
211 Maine: Searchable database for services by area, situation, keyword, town, or zip code.
Check the Status of Open Shelters: If/when emergency shelters open, there will be a list here.
Flood Risk Maps: To see the areas most prone to flooding.
Best Emergency Management Accounts to Follow for Hurricane Lee in Maine
Maine has a robust series of emergency management agencies throughout each county that work with MEMA to provide up-to-date information online and on social media.
- Androscoggin County Emergency Management Agency
- Androscoggin EMA Facebook
- Androscoggin County Sheriff
- Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency
- Cumberland County EMA Facebook
- Cumberland County Sheriff
- Piscataquis County Emergency Management Agency
- Piscataquis County EMA Facebook
- Piscataquis County Sheriff
Law Enforcement Links
You’re likely going to get faster information on social media sites for law enforcement dealing with the effects of the storm. Most of the cities, towns, and villages use Facebook as the fastest way to communicate. Here’s a list of some of the most active accounts across Maine.
- Bangor Police
- Bar Harbor Police
- Bath Police
- Town of Bucksport
- Camden Police
- Cape Elizabeth Police
- Cumberland Police
- Dover-Foxcroft Police
- Town of Falmouth Police
- Fort Fairfield Police
- Freeport Police
- Kennebunk Police
- Kennebunkport Police
- Maine State Police
- Ogunquit Police
- Old Orchard Beach Fire Dept.
- Portland Police
- Rockland Police
- South Portland Police
- Thomaston Police
- Wells Police Facebook
- Yarmouth Police
Transportation Links for Hurricane Lee in Maine
Whether you’re coming, going, or just curious, you can stay on top of the planes, trains, roads, and rails as the storm moves through. We’ve seen a lot of questions about Sunday and Monday travel impacts, so bookmark these links to help you plan your next Maine adventure.
To check road conditions statewide, use New England 511.
- Portland International Jetport
- Bangor International Airport
- Presque Isle International Airport
- Boston Logan International Airport
Utility Links for Hurricane Lee in Maine
You can check the status of power and service to any region in Maine. Many communities are planning for outages from minimal to extensive, and each utility site offers safety and supply information.
These links also help if you can’t get in touch with a loved one and want to see if power outages could be the reason why.
- Maine Utilities Map
- Central Maine Power (CMP)
- Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative
- Fox Islands Electric
- Houlton Water Company
- Kennebec Power and Light
- Madison Electric Works
Major Attractions in the Path of Hurricane Lee in Maine
Closures can change at any time, but widespread blanket closures aren’t likely, barring a sudden development of the storm. Here are some of the top places to check for closures, cancellations, or delays.
- Acadia National Park Alerts: Partial closures are already in place
- Acadia National Park Facebook
- Baxter State Park
- Check the Status of Maine State Parks
- Old Orchard Beach (Impacts the 29th Annual OOB Car Show)
- Katahdin Woods & Waters
- York’s Wild Kingdom
How to Watch Hurricane Lee in Maine
Keep an eye on the storm from the state’s harbor, beach, and resort cameras. Please note that the links are active at the time of this publication but could be knocked out during the storm.
- Bangor/Penobscot River
- Bar Harbor Beach Cam (MDI)
- Bay of Fundy
- Biddeford (Wood Island)
- Boothbay Harbor
- Boothbay Harbor Marina (5 Cameras)
- Burnt Coat Harbor & Heron Island (same website)
- Dover-Foxcroft Center Theatre Cam
- Ellsworth Live Camera
- Higgins Beach (Scarborough)
- Kennebunk/Gooch’s Beach
- Nubble Lighthouse Camera
- Old Orchard Beach Alouette Beach Resort Camera
- Ogunquit Dunes on the Waterfront Cam
- Marginal Way Camera (Ogunquit)
- Marshall Point (Port Clyde – the “Forrest Gump” lighthouse)
- Matinicus Rock Camera (Outermost Maine Island)
- Mount Katahdin (Millinocket)
- Northeast Harbor (MDI)
- Portland Head Lighthouse Camera
- Rockport Harbor Webcam
- Rockland Breakwater Camera
- Moosehead Lake at Rockwood, Maine – The Birches
- Saco Bay
- Scarborough Beach Surf Cam
- Seal Island
Southwest Harbor (MDI)
- Stonington Webcam
- Star Island
- Sugarloaf Web Camera (Carrabassett Valley)
- York Harbor Beach Cam
VisitMaineNet Resource Guide
Keep this information bookmarked in case you or someone you love needs it for the next storm or even to check the weather for your next trip to Vacationland. Stay safe, everyone!