Governor Urges Caution During Nor’easter

October 22, 2014

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage is urging all Mainers to stay safe and be aware of changing weather conditions as Maine experiences a slow-moving Nor’easter through Friday.

“Maine is in for some wild weather over the next couple of days, but it’s nothing we can’t handle,” said Governor LePage. “We are urging everyone to stay aware of weather conditions and respect any road or beach closures.”

The Governor also reminded everyone of the importance of using generators safely during possible power outages.

Heavy rain will fall from this evening into Thursday. Rainfall totals from this event will range from 2 to 4 inches with locally higher amounts possible. A Flood Watch is in place for much of Maine throughout this period. This heavy rainfall will lead to some significant rises on local rivers and streams.

Water in some smaller streams and brooks could reach near the tops of their banks. Beach erosion and splash-over is possible around high tide due to wave action. A Gale Warning is in effect for coastal areas with forecasted wind gusts of 45 mph along the coast.

“Think safety,” Governor LePage said. “Pay attention to the weather.” Stay tuned to all weather warnings and advisories for your area. All National Weather Service watches and warnings are available at MEMA’s website: http://www.maine.gov/mema/weather/watch_warn.htm.

“Drive safely,” Governor LePage said. “Travel conditions will be hazardous in many areas throughout the next few days.”

Strong winds can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Fallen leaves and rain may lead to slippery conditions.

Leaves blocking drains and culverts may also aggravate street flooding. High winds may bring down limbs, debris and power lines across roadways. Heavy rain may cause unexpected ponding or flooding on roadways.

• Slow down and stay alert.

• Respect all barricades marking flooded or blocked roadways.

• Report any road blockages, downed lines or flooding to local authorities.

• Check for road closures and ferry cancellations before you set out. Check DOT's 511 service by dialing 5-1-1 or 1-866-282-7578 or visiting http://www.511maine.gov for all ferry and road closure information.

• Stay safe if the power goes out.

• Report your outage and downed lines to your electric utility.

• Stay well away from any downed power lines.

• Run your generator outside only. Carbon monoxide kills. Even running in a garage can be lethal. Outside only.

• Use alternate heat sources safely, vented according to instructions.

• Use outdoor cooking devices such as grills outside only. These produce deadly carbon monoxide.

• As always, check on neighbors and friends who may need assistance.

For more information on storm safety, visit the Maine Prepares website: http://maine.gov/mema/prepare/

The National Weather Service expects the system to move out of our area late Friday, with conditions gradually improving.