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Winter Storm Continues to Roar: Travel Restriction Still Advised
December 27, 2010
AUGUSTA, MAINE – Blizzard warnings remain in effect for most of Maine, with Winter Storm Warnings in place for the western mountains. The National Weather Service advised the Maine Emergency Management Agency, County Emergency Management, state response agencies and utilities this morning in a conference call that the storm remains dangerous. Mainers should not travel today unless it is absolutely necessary.
MEMA and all response partners join the NWS Gray and Caribou Forecast Offices in urging all Mainers and visitors to stay off the roads, pay close attention to weather warnings, and stay safe.
Maine DOT reports that all major routes are passable. Speed limits have been reduced to 45 mph on Interstate highways. However, DOT continues to advise that travel be restricted. DOT appreciates the continuing cooperation of all Mainers and visitors in staying off the roads so plow operators can do their work.
Ferry service in most locations has been suspended; ferry captains have the authority to suspend operations in dangerous conditions. Check locally for the status of specific ferry routes.
York and Cumberland Counties, Portland and South Portland report no major coastal flooding problems at the time of high tide this morning. NWS advises some minor coastal splashover is again possible with the high tide this afternoon.
The State Emergency Operations Center was activated throughout the night with minimal staffing to monitor the progress of the storm. Governor John Baldacci yesterday declared a State of Emergency to ensure that all state resources would be available for storm response. That State of Emergency remains in effect.
Safety for all Mainers and visitors remains the primary goal:
Special Safety message about Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:
Warning signs of CO poisoning are flu symptoms like headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, and confusion, but without a fever. If you or anyone in the home thinks you are being poisoned by carbon monoxide:
Last update: 07/20/10
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