Rhode Island feels relief as Hurricane Lee is downgraded
NARAGANSETT, R.I (WLNE) — Rhode Island is gearing up as Hurricane Lee makes its way up the east coast.
Officials don’t anticipate the hurricane will make landfall but coastal towns may still see intense winds and extreme weather.
Governor Dan McKee and Rhode Island’s emergency response team anticipate Lee wont hit the Ocean State but still have crews on standby to assist with any damage that may come.
“Just because we find ourselves today in a spot that isn’t as dramatic we have had in the past it doesn’t mean that were not pleased about that,” McKee said.
But as the storm makes its way up the east coast the state could still see high winds, severe rip currents, and potential flooding along the shores.
“If you are along the coast or down by our beaches, please use caution,” McKee said.
People down on the coast in Narraganset reacted with relief when news came that the storm wouldn’t be as severe as first thought.
Many were watching surfers take advantage of the large waves from shore.
Meanwhile officials are still urging the public
to stay out of the ocean and prepare their homes for the worst.