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High Winds and Rain Call for "Thinking Safety" Today

 

October 15, 2010

9:00 AM

 

A low pressure system from the mid-Atlantic states will rapidly intensify while moving toward the Gulf of Maine today. This will bring high winds to the entire state. Some areas will also see heavy rains, and flash flooding is possible.

According to the National Weather Service, Wind Advisories are in place for much of the State, with a High Wind Warning in place for eastern and downeast Maine. The Wind Warning area can expect east to northeast winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 or 60 mph. The Wind Advisory areas may see gusts up to 50 mph.

Some power outages are likely due to the high winds.

A Flood Watch is in place for much of western Maine through late Friday night. 1.5 to 3 inches of rain is expected, with the possibility of 3 to 4 inch inches in some locations. This could cause street and small stream flooding.

This mixed bag of weather conditions will cause hazardous travel conditions. Storm and gale warnings are also in place over coastal waters. Maine DOT has announced interruption of some ferry services.

Think Safety:

Pay attention to the weather.

Stay tuned to all weather warnings and advisories for your area. All watches and warnings are available at MEMA's web site, and from the National Weather Service at Gray and Caribou.

Drive safely.

Travel conditions will be hazardous in many areas throughout the day. Strong winds can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Fallen leaves and rain may lead to slippery conditions. Leaves blocking drains and culverts may also aggravate street flooding. High winds may bring down limbs, debris and power lines across roadways. Heavy rain may cause unexpected ponding or flooding on roadways.

  • Slow down and stay alert
  • Respect all barricades marking flooded or blocked roadways
  • Report any road blockages, downed lines or flooding to local authorities
  • Check for road closures and ferry cancellations before you set out. Check DOT's 511 service by dialing 5-1-1 or visiting http://www.511maine.gov for all ferry and road closure information.

Stay safe if the power goes out.

  • Report your outage and downed lines to your electric utility
  • Stay well away from any downed power lines
  • Run your generator outside only. Carbon monoxide kills. Even running in a garage can be lethal. Outside only.
  • Use alternate heat sources safely, vented according to instructions
  • Use outdoor cooking devices such as grills outside only. These produce deadly carbon monoxide
  • As always, check on neighbors and friends who may need assistance.

For more information on storm safety, visit Maine Prepares.

The National Weather Service expects the system to move out of our area on Saturday, with conditions gradually improving.

 

Contact:

MEMA
207-624-4400

 

Last update: 07/20/10