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Power Outages Beginning, Safety Urged

 

August 28, 2011

1:30 PM

 

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.

  • Stay well away from areas of high surf. Respect all access restrictions placed in coastal areas. High surf is beautiful but deadly.
  • Stay clear of downed powernes, and report them to your local electrical utility.
  • Use generators carefully, in accordance with manufacturers' instructions. Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can result by using a generator in an enclosed space. Carbon monoxide kills. Learn more about CO safety at Maineprepares.com.
  • Avoid all flooded roadways. Respect all barricades, and report any unmarked flooded or damaged roads to local authorities. Turn around, don’t drown.

Key Contacts:

  • Immediate emergency: dial 9-1-1
  • Shelter information and other safety information: Dial 2-1-1 (toll free) to reach 211 Maine
  • Road conditions and ferry status: dial 5-1-1 or visit http://511maine.gov
  • Reporting power outages: Your electric utility

 

Contact:

State EOC
624-4400