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April Comes in Like a Lion with Dangerous Winter Storm

 

March 31, 2011

4:00 PM

 

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Although the calendar says “Spring”, the National Weather Service has posted Winter Storm Warnings for all of Maine starting early Friday morning April 1st, and continuing into Friday evening in western sections, and Saturday in the east and north. Dangerous driving conditions, including slippery roads and whiteouts, will persist from the morning commute, throughout the day and evening until storm’s end.

Depending on where you are, you can expect anywhere from 6 to 14 inches of snow, and gusty winds. The heavy wet snow and storm winds will have the potential to bring down tree limbs and cause power outages. Downed trees, especially if tangled with power lines, will pose additional driving hazards.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency joins the NWS Gray and Caribou Forecast Offices in urging all Mainers and visitors to limit travel on Friday, pay close attention to weather warnings, and stay safe.

  1. Stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. The combination of slippery roads and periodic near-zero visibility will make for very dangerous driving The fewer vehicles that are on the road, the easier it will be for snowplows to operate.
  2. If you lose power, use emergency generators and alternate heat sources safely. Carbon monoxide kills. Generators should only be run outdoors, well away from windows and doors. Remember to keep outside vents for heaters and stoves clear of snow, as clogged vents may also pose carbon monoxide dangers. Review our Fact Sheets on Generator Safety and Carbon Monoxide Safety.
  3. Check on neighbors and friends who may not be as well prepared.
  4. If you see a downed power line, stay away from it, and notify the electric utility.
  5. Pay attention. The National Weather Service is tracking this storm closely. Stay “tuned in” to your best source of weather information to stay up to date on the latest predictions for the storm. Up to date weather warnings are posted at http://www.maineprepares.com

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:

  • Leave the house at once.
  • Call the fire department or 911.
  • Get medical attention. Call the Poison Center (1-800-222-1222) or your doctor after you leave the house.
  • Stay out of the building until the fire department tells you it is safe.

For more information on storm safety and preparedness, visit http://www.maineprepares.com

 

Contact:

MEMA
624-4400

 

Last update: 07/20/10