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Maine Gears Up For First Nor'Easter


December 8, 2009

3:22 PM


AUGUSTA, MAINE ----The Maine Emergency Management Agency once again urges Mainers to put safety uppermost as a mixed bag of winter weather moves into the State on Wednesday through Thursday.

“The National Weather Service has advised us to anticipate conditions ranging from potential coastal flooding and high winds, to sleet, freezing rain and moderate snowfall inland, to more significant snowfall in the north,” MEMA Director Rob McAleer said. “It’s critical to stay tuned to National Weather Service forecasts for your area, because the hazards will be different depending on where you are. We fully, expect driving conditions to be a challenge tomorrow and high winds and heavy snow may result in power outages.”

Mainers are reminded to:

  • Monitor weather forecasts closely for expected conditions in your area
  • Stay clear of flooded roadways. Respect all barricades, and report flooded areas to local officials
  • Use extreme care driving in icy conditions. Stay off the roads if possible.
  • If the power goes out, use generators and alternate heat sources safely. Never run a generator in a basement or attached garage. Carbon monoxide poisoning may result.
  • Continue to keep roofs clear of snow. Rain and sleet will add weight to existing snow. Make sure heating system vents are clear also, to prevent carbon monoxide from backing up in the home.
  • Protect outside oil tanks from snow and ice falling from the roof. Serious oil spills can result
  • Check on neighbors, family and friends who may need special assistance to clear snow and ice and to weather the storm.

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