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Hurricane Earl May Impact Maine this Weekend

 

August 30, 2010

3:00 PM

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hurricane Earl May Impact Maine this Weekend

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Based on current model projections it is possible that the effects of Hurricane Earl will impact at least the coastal regions of Maine late this week and into the weekend. Maine Emergency Management Agency joins with the National Weather Service to remind Mainers to pay close attention to weather forecasts and conditions in their areas, and to observe all safety precautions. MEMA also urges citizens to start thinking about what they need to be doing now in case the hurricane does strike Maine.

While the hurricane is still far to the south, the latest tracks indicate all of Maine is now within the 5 day cone. “Although the accuracy of tracks this far in advance is difficult to determine, it is essential that everyone begins to follow the weather reports closely,” says MEMA Director Rob McAleer. He also says, “This storm is already a Category 3 hurricane and conditions are favorable for continued strengthening.”

Even if the hurricane does not strike the State directly, it is very likely that we will experience increased wave height and long period swells in the coastal waters, with high surf, large breaking waves and dangerous rip currents along the shoreline. McAleer wants to remind Mainers and visitors alike that, “Although large waves and crashing surf are spectacular to watch, these same waves can strike suddenly with tragic results.” It was just last year on August 23, 2009, in the wake of Hurricane Bill, when a 20 foot wave at Thunder Hole in Acadia Park swept several people into the water and resulted in the death of a 7 year old girl. “Park Rangers and public safety officials work hard to protect people from the dangerous areas, but we all share a responsibility to act with extra caution,” says McAleer.

MEMA will continue to coordinate closely with the National Weather Service. Members of the State’s Emergency Response team are being provided with regular updates, and, the State’s Emergency Operations Center is prepared for activation as necessary.

Additional safety and preparedness information can be found online at http://www.maineprepares.com
National Weather Service forecast offices:
Gray: http://www.weather.gov/gray
Caribou: http://www.weather.gov/caribou

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Contact:

Rob McAleer
624-4400

 

Last update: 07/20/10