Tie down those Halloween decorations

Waldo County Emergency Management Agency issues storm advisory

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 3:45pm

High winds, heavy rain and possible power outages are predicted for the Maine coast, thanks to a strengthening nor’easter.

“A major Nor`easter will move across New Hampshire and Maine tonight into Thursday,” warned the National Weather Service, in Gray. “Heavy rain and strong winds are expected across the area with damaging winds possible along the coast. The low will move out on Friday with upslope showers lingering to start the weekend. High pressure will build in for the weekend before another cold front moves through next week.”

On Oct. 16, the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency (WEMA) issued a news alert advising that an approaching storm will pack a punch, with perhaps one to two inches of rain, and high wind gusts, up to 50 mph in some spots, through Thursday.

The storm is anticipated to arrive tonight, with minor river flooding possible. It is to diminish and exit Friday morning.

Prepare for possible power outages.
• Have fuel for your generator. Test run the generator. Keep it outside.
• Store at least 1 gallon of drinking water per person per day for at least 3-5 days.
• Have a plan if you are medically dependent on power. Do you have a battery or generator?

Do you have a place to go (family, friends or hotel)?
• Have a flashlight with extra batteries.
• Have an AM/FM radio with extra batteries and listen for emergency instructions.

• Check up on your neighbors, especially those who live alone.

Also: charge your phones and laptops, and battery packs.

🎃... Make sure all of your Halloween decorations are either taken in or well-secured 🎃

Please do not call 911 for information, WEMA asks.

“Call 911 only to report an actual emergency,” the agency said.

For more information, contact EMA at phone 338-3870 or by e-mail at emadirector@waldocountyme.gov.
You may also visit the Waldo County EMA website at:

waldocountyme.gov/ema or visit the office at 4 Public Safety Way, Belfast.

Here’s the forecast:

Tonight
Rain, mainly after midnight. Low around 49. Breezy, with an east wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
 
Thursday
Rain, mainly before 11am. High near 54. Windy, with an east wind 25 to 30 mph becoming south 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
 
Thursday Night
A 40 percent chance of rain before 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. West wind around 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
 
Friday
Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.