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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Caribou ME
541 AM EDT Fri Jul 21 2017

The National Weather Service has declared the week of July 17th
through 21st, Hurricane Preparedness Week in Maine.  This is the
fifth 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.

THE FORECAST PROCESS--STATEMENTS, WATCHES, and WARNINGS

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November
30th. Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge,
heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip
currents.

During hurricanes and tropical storms, the National Hurricane Center
and local National Weather Service Offices across the country share
in the responsibility for providing critical weather information to
the public.  To do so, the Hurricane Center and local offices
closely coordinate on the forecast, in order to provide consistent
information to the public.  Consequently, the normal zone forecasts
may be delayed during these situations.

Like all weather-related threats, the National Weather Service
relies on a watch and warning program to alert the public to the
potential dangers from tropical storms and hurricanes.

A TROPICAL STORM/HURRICANE WATCH is issued when tropical
storm/hurricane force winds are possible along the coast within 48
hours.  If you haven`t done so prior to the issuance of the watch,
it`s a good time to begin preparations for the potential storm,
especially for those actions that require extra time.

A TROPICAL STORM/HURRICANE WARNING is issued when tropical
storm/hurricane force winds are expected along the coast within 36
hours.  Once the warning has been issued, you should complete any
preparatory actions and get to a safe location.

A STORM SURGE WATCH is issued when the possibility of life
threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the
shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 48
hours.

A STORM SURGE WARNING is issued when the danger of life threatening
inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline
somewhere within the specified area, generally withing 36 hours.

Once the storm arrives, stay in the safe location until the storm
has completely passed.  Don`t be fooled by the eye of the storm,
which can mislead people into thinking that the storm is over. Winds
and rain will increase rapidly immediately after the eye passes
overhead.

QUESTION OF THE DAY:  During which month are tropical storms most
likely to develop?

While the frequency of tropical storms increases in July, the most
active part of the Atlantic hurricane season runs between August 1
and October 31.  According to the historical record from 1886 to
1997, the peak month for tropical storm activity is September. Below
is the percentage of the storms that developed in each month.

               Month       Percentage of Storms
                May                1%
                June               6%
                July               8%
               August             24%
              September           34%
              October             21%
              November             5%
              December             1%

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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