New England braces for Hurricane Lee after a week of severe weather

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — As Southern New England braces for Hurricane Lee making landfall, officials in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are preparing coastal areas for more flooding.

The National Weather Service said early Thursday that Lee is expected to to pass offshore on Saturday, but is impacts may spread.

Coastal areas of Rhode Island and Massachusetts may see rough surf, harsh winds, and heavy rain. Lee may also bring storm surge flooding.

Even if Lee ends up going out of the area, high surf and heavy rain could bring even more problems for areas hit with severe weather this week.

The region saw flash flood and tornado warnings on Wednesday.

On Monday, significant rainfall and flooding damaged about 200 homes in North Attleborough and devastated a shopping plaza in Providence.

As Lee tracks toward New England, the best thing residents can do is keep an eye out for updates and be prepared.

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