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MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Changes in Watch/Warning Areas for Hurricane Earl
September 3, 2010
Concerns for high surf and rip currents continue
The National Hurricane Center and local National Weather Service Forecase Offices have changed the areas of Maine covered by Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings for areas of Maine. The track of Hurricane Earl and changes in intensity have resulted in watches being lifted in some areas.
Tropical Storm Warnings:
Boat owners and captains of small craft should rush to completion the securing of their crafts.
Tropical Storm Watches remain in place for:
Everyone in Watch and Warning areas should monitor weather forecasts closely, as conditions may change as the storm approaches and passes by.
Possibility of Inland Flooding
In the Gray Forecast area (York through Waldo), 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected, with pockets of 3 inches. No flooding problems are expected.
In Washington and Hancock Counties, 1 to 3 inches of rain are expected, with locally higher amounts. Localized flooding is possible in low-lying areas, and if bands of heavy rain develop, more serious flooding possible.
High surf and rip currents remain a serious threat to safety along the coast.
Everyone should respect access restrictions at shoreline and beach locations.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm force winds (39 to 73 mph) are expected in the Warning areas within 24 hours.
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm force winds (39 to 73 mph) are possible along the coast within 36 hours.
Heavy rains may also accompany tropical systems; localized flooding is often a possibility.
The National Weather Service Forecast offices in Gray and Caribou will be issuing additional forecasts as Hurricane Earl approaches. You can monitor this important information, as well as learn about preparedness and safety precautions, at:
Although the storm has weakened somewhat, it still poses serious dangers for many parts of Maine. Maine Emergency Management Agency recommends:
Most important, again, is to stay informed. Stay tuned to news broadcasts, or listen to your NOAA Weather Radio to be sure of current forecasts, and how the storm will affect your area.
For more preparedness and safety information, the latest weather forecasts, and links to the latest advisories and tracks for Hurricane Earl, visit MainePrepares.com.
Last update: 07/20/10
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