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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Caribou ME
537 AM EDT Thu Jul 20 2017

The National Weather Service has declared the week of July 17th
through 21st, Hurricane Preparedness Week in Maine.  This is the
fourth in a series of five public information statements to be
issued by the National Weather Service Office in Caribou, ME
containing information on Hurricanes and Hurricane Preparedness.

INLAND FLOODING FROM TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES

Hurricanes produce storm surge, tornadoes, and often the most deadly
of all - inland flooding. Inland flooding can be a major threat to
communities hundreds of miles from the coast as intense rain falls
from these huge tropical air masses. A quarter of the hurricane
fatalities during the past 50 years are a direct result of inland
flooding.

Thirty nine years ago, in 1972, Hurricane Agnes produced floods in
the Northeast United States which contributed to 122 deaths and $6.4
billion in damages. And in 1955, long after the winds from Hurricane
Diane had subsided, the storm brought inland flooding to
Pennsylvania, New York, and New England contributing to nearly 200
deaths and $4.2 billion in damages. Even more recently Tropical
Storm Irene caused extensive damage in Vermont.

Here in New England, tropical systems can combine with mid-latitude
weather systems (extra-tropical) to produce very heavy rains and
flooding, even when the hurricane or tropical storm remains well
offshore.  In 1996, a coastal storm that was supplied tropical
moisture from the circulation around Hurricane Lili (well offshore)
produced from 4 to 19 inches of rain across southern and central New
Hampshire and southwestern Maine and was responsible for 1 drowning
death.

Here are some tips to protect you and your home from flooding.

  1. Develop a flood emergency action plan.
  2. Determine whether you live in a flood-prone area.
  3. If flooding is possible, move valuable items from the basements
     or first floor to higher floors in your home. Have a checklist
     of these items in your emergency action plan.
  4. Keep abreast of road conditions through the news media.
     Move to a safe area before access is cut off by flood water.
  5. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  6. Do not attempt to drive through a flooded roadway.  If the
     roadway is flooded, turn around, don`t drown.

Also, If you live in a flood-prone area, consider purchasing flood
insurance.  Flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners
insurance policies.  Do not make assumptions; check your policy.

The National Flood Insurance Program, is a pre-disaster flood
mitigation and insurance protection program.  The National Flood
Insurance Program makes federally-backed flood insurance available
to residents and business owners in certain communities.

Now is the time to prepare for Hurricanes and Tropical Storms:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/
http://www.ready.gov/evacuating-yourself-and-your-family

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