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Lee Batters Northeast

At least one person is dead and hundreds of thousands are without power after the much-diminished post-Tropical Cyclone Lee made landfall in Maine and Nova Scotia, Canada, over the weekend. Parts of Massachusetts and Maine saw three-foot storm surges and roughly four inches of rain as the system and its 70 mph winds—just shy of Category 1 status—rolled northeast.

The 12th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season and first to reach Category 5 hurricane status, Lee has been churning through the Atlantic Ocean for over two weeks. Its rapid intensification a week and a half ago as it drove westward toward the Caribbean was one of the fastest in hurricane history.

Two months remain in this year's Atlantic hurricane season, which officials have predicted will see above-normal activity with 14 to 21 named storms, six to 11 of which are expected to become hurricanes. Lee was the season's fifth hurricane. See photos of the storm's impact here.

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