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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME
439 AM EDT THU JUL 21 2016

...HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK 2016...

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.

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.  More recently
hurricane Irene caused significant flood damage in Vermont in 2011.

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/

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