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AUGUSTA, MAINE -The Maine Emergency Management Agency is closely monitoring the track of Tropical Storm Isaias and is working with the Emergency Response Team, County Emergency Management Agencies, the National Weather Service, other State agencies and utilities to prepare for the possibility of damaging winds, rain and power outages. The fast-moving storm is expected to have the most impact on coastal areas and western Maine, with most activity between 8 and midnight tonight. Wind gusts of up to 50 mph may impact parts of the state and there is a potential for tornadoes.

“We are working together with all our partners to plan for this event,” said Maine Emergency Management Agency Director Peter Rogers. The storm has been downgraded somewhat from the original forecast, but we are concerned about damaging winds and the potential for tornadoes.

MEMA is working with electric utilities to help facilitate getting additional crews in place, where needed, to help expedite the power restoration process.

Steps people can take to prepare for the tropical storm include: Building an emergency Kit to include supplies needed for several days without power, including food, water, hand sanitizer and face masks. Make a family plan and discuss with your family. Getting the latest alerts and warnings by downloading the free FEMA app or National Weather Service app. Ensure cell phones are enabled to receive National Weather Service Wireless Emergency Alerts for tornadoes, flash flooding and other emergency situations. Avoid driving down flooded roadways. Determine local evacuation routes. Identify alternate shelter locations in case you need to evacuate. Follow Covid-19 shelter guidelines such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands and avoiding congregate shelters if you are not feeling well. Bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down. Charge cell phones and other electronic devices. Remove boats and other watercraft from the water. Ensure generators are properly installed and in good working order. Although hurricanes are rare in Maine, in 2011 Hurricane Irene, which was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it reached Maine, resulted in a disaster declaration for several counties in Maine. Hurricane season is June 1November 30. Please visit us on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

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