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000 NOUS41 KCAR 231630 PNSCAR MEZ001>006-010-011-015>017-029>032-240430- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME 1230 PM EDT THU JUL 23 2015 ...HURRICANE AWARENESS WEEK... 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. 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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