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Power Outages Beginning, Safety Urged
August 28, 2011
AUGUSTA, MAINE --The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activated this morning at 7:00 pm to monitor the advance of now Tropical Storm Irene. Shelters are open in many areas of the State. County Emergency Management Agencies are reporting deteriorating conditions in many parts of the State, and power outages are beginning to be reported. Shelters are open in many locations. Shelter information can be obtained from 211 Maine (dial 2-1-1 toll free).
All of Maine remains under a Tropical Storm Warning as of 11:00 am this morning. Far Western Maine and much of Eastern Maine are under a Flood or Flash Flood Warning, as heavy rains are expected to cause small rivers and streams to overtop, water to threaten low-lying areas. Flood Watches are in place across the rest of the State. Major rivers may also rise, dependent on the amount of rain that falls in the headwaters.
According to the National Weather Service, periods of very heavy rain will continue this afternoon as Tropical Storm Irene tracks northward through Western New England. Winds will continue to increase, reaching tropical storm strength in some areas. Heavy rains and strong winds will continue into the evening. Downed trees, power lines and power outages continue to be a prime concern.
Along the coast, a 1 to 2 foot storm surge can be expected, dependent on location. This will be compounded by large breaking waves which could cause additional run-up on exposed beaches. Strong thunderstorms could develop in heavy rain bands producing isolated tornadoes and waterspouts.
MEMA joins all operational partners in urging continued safety precautions as this dangerous storm passes through Maine.
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