Government and Politics
November 30, 2022From: Maine Governor Janet Mills
Augusta, ME - The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) says brace for a slippery morning drive and asks the public to be vigilant in preparing for this evening's rain and windstorm. The National Weather Service offices in Gray and Caribou report the biggest impact is expected to be the gusty southerly winds with the potential for a brief period of damaging wind gusts along the Midcoast region this evening.
These strong winds and heavy rain have the potential to cause power outages from downed tree limbs. If you observe a downed power line, report it to your utility company. Citizens are reminded to never touch a downed power line or a tree in contact with a downed line. Motorists should slow down or change lanes when approaching utility crews working on roadways.
"We are monitoring this storm and working with our partners at the state, county and local levels to ensure they have any resources they may need," said MEMA Director Pete Rogers. "As always please stay safe and check on elderly or vulnerable neighbors and family members."
Outdoor decorations, furniture, and trash cans should be secured or put away until the storm passes.
To prepare for a power outage:
If the power goes out keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
Mainers are reminded to ensure that alternate heat and power sources are in proper working condition and properly installed. Citizens are reminded to take the following steps when using a generator:
After power and other utilities have been restored, you might face the issue of what to do with storm-damaged trees. Maine Forest Service offers tips and helpful guidance for those faces with questions about what to do with downed trees, limbs, and branches.
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