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Hurricane/Tropical Storm Approaches Maine

 

September 28, 2008

11:30 AM

 

AUGUSTA, MAINE -- Hurricane/Tropical Storm Kyle continues to advance toward Maine, and is expected to impact especially downeast areas this afternoon, into the evening. Heavy rains and high winds can be expected. As the storm approaches Maine, the Maine Emergency Management Agency reminds all to:

Make preparations early, in advance of the storm:

  • Make sure you have supplies at hand in case you have a power outage, are isolated by flooded roads, or have to leave your home
  • If you are in an area affected by the storm, touch base with out-of-town family and friends, and stay in communication, to let them know you are okay. This is especially important if you do leave your home.

Stay informed:

  • Pay close attention to weather forecasts as conditions can change rapidly. A NOAA Weather Radio is a great direct source of weather updates.
  • Heed any warnings or instructions given by local authorities

Power outages are probable, especially in downeast Maine.

  • Stay clear of all downed power lines
  • Report outages and downed lines to your electrical utility
  • Use generators or alternate heat sources safely; NEVER operate a generator in an indoor space such as a basement or garage; carbon monoxide poisoning and death can result.

Heavy rains are probable in both coastal and immediate inland areas:

  • Avoid all flooded roadways; respect all roadway barricades.
  • Report any unmarked flooded roads to local authorities

High water in small rivers and streams, and high surf along the coast is expected:

  • Stay well back from high water and surf; respect the dangerous power of high water
  • Keep children and pets away from rushing water

As with all storms, think of family, friends or neighbors who may need extra help

  • Check in with those who might need help
  • Offer assistance with contacting relatives, transportation, supplies, clearing downed trees, or whatever else may be needed.

  • For more preparedness information, see Maine Prepares (http://www.maineprepares.com)

  • Road closure information is available by dialing 511 or visiting http://www.511maine.gov

 

Contact:

MEMA
207-624-4400

 

Last update: 07/20/10