TikTokers Say Hurricane Lee ‘Not Good’ for Boston But Can You Believe Them?
My daughter sent me my first TikTok about Hurricane Lee over the weekend, wondering if her classes would be canceled. Someone had put together a video of what could happen over the next seven days with the hurricane now barreling up the Atlantic Ocean.
We've lived through the days of Facebook "doctors" who shared their "knowledge" of infectious diseas. We heard from Facebook "constitutional law professors" who blessed us with their expertise during the Trump indictments.
Now, we have TikTok meteorologists. It's their time to shine.
In the TikTok my daughter sent, the creator focused in on the one scenario that could spell trouble for the East Coast.
"Not good for NYC and Boston!" was the caption splashed across the screen.
We decided to ask ABC6 meteorologist Bill Gile for his thoughts on Lee's projected path.
"It's something to keep an eye on over the course of the week, but it's certainly too early to be overly concerned about anything right now," Gile said. "The long range still projects the hurricane to take a turn eastwards towards Nova Scotia, but it's still all speculation."
Gile said that he is not a fan of getting weather information from social media.
"It drives me nuts," he said. "Someone sees a model and they put it up there, then someone else picks it up and they spread it all around and everybody thinks it's the end of the world because they saw one long-range model ... one scenario out of the spaghetti models. If you are really that concerned, go to a trusted meteorologist that you can get some answers from."
If we were to see any effects from Lee, Gile said the timeline would likely be Sunday or Monday (Sept. 17 or 18). If that happens, Gile said the storm would probably be downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane by that point with sustained winds of 80 mph.
That would still be significant, but certainly nothing like a direct hit from a Category 5.