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Tropical Storm Watch Issued for the Coast of Maine


September 2, 2010


The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the entire coast of Maine as Hurricane Earl continues to threaten the eastern seaboard.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm force winds (39 to 73 mph) are possible along the coast within 36 hours.

If you haven't done so prior to the issuance of the watch, it's a good time to begin preparations for the potential storm, especially for those actions that require extra time.

The National Weather Service Forecast offices in Gray and Caribou will be issuing additional information as Hurricane Earl approaches. Maine Emergency Management Agency recommends:

  • Stay informed as the storm approaches. The track of the storm is still uncertain, and even a slight variation could make a big difference in the effects on Maine, and the area of the State that is affected.
  • Make preparations at your home or business if you are in a coastal area.
  • Store or tie down any lawn furniture or other outdoor items that could blow away
  • If you might be isolated in your home, check on the supplies you might need to ride out the storm, including special medical items and supplies for children and pets
  • If you think you might need to leave your home, fill your car with gasoline, and withdraw a small amount of emergency cash from your bank or ATM. Also, make a "go-kit" of essential supplies you would need if you had to leave
  • Respect all official instructions, evacuation recommendations or restrictions of roads or coastal areas
  • Respect the power of the high surf. Large crashing waves and rip currents can be deadly. Stay well away from areas that have been closed by local officials.
  • Once you are all set, check on a neighbor, friend or relative who might need extra help

Most important, again, is to stay informed. Stay tuned to news broadcasts, or listen to your NOAA Weather Radio to be sure of current forecasts, and how the storm will affect your area.

For more preparedness and safety information, the latest weather forecasts, and links to the latest advisories and tracks for Hurricane Earl, visit





Last update: 07/20/10