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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Caribou ME
415 AM EDT Fri Jul 19 2019

...Hurricane Preparedness Week 2019...

The National Weather Service offices in Maine have declared the week
of July 15th through 19th, Hurricane Preparedness Week in Maine.
This is last in a series of five public information statements to be
issued by the National Weather Service Office in Caribou, Maine
containing information on hurricane safety and preparedness.

Todays Topic: 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.

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:

https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness
https://www.ready.gov/evacuating-yourself-and-your-family

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