Hurricane warning-yes, for Maine

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Just got this on the TV and it's on the Weather Channel online...hurricane warnings for northern Maine (farther north than all of us here, but not by much for SS). First hurricane alert in 17 years.

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Missed us completely. Looks like blue skies trying to break out now.

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Rule is...if you haul it all inside and take every precaution you can, the storm won't come.  Happens to me all the time, and I'm OK with those odds.  I'm too scared of the "what if" if I don't prep.  If that's all it takes to keep the storms away, I'll be more than happy to move it all inside and move the boat to the hurricane hole very time!  So far, every time I've prepped and moved, the storm when elsewhere.  And I don't mind that at all!

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it is because i hauled all kinds of stuff into the barn ... now will have to haul it back out again!  oh well. 

 

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Better to be safe than sorry.

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Just checking in with everyone in ME. I hope all is well with you and your properties. Is there anyone on here from NS or PEI?

Thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Still looking good, rain is stopping. It looks like it's tracking easterly now, toward NS. The hurricane warnings have been discontinued for Maine but are up for NS.

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Bree wrote:

Still looking good, rain is stopping. It looks like it's tracking easterly now, toward NS. The hurricane warnings have been discontinued for Maine but are up for NS.

I just emailed you about this.  AWAY WITH YOU KYLE!

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I’ll bet that up there in Maine, you don’t have hurricane shutters. If not, and you’re in the path of this storm, you should cover your windows with 5/8" plywood sheeting (exterior CDX grade) if you still have time. Is this a Cat 1 storm?

Bring in everything that can, and likely will, become a missile – patio furniture, patio carpet, plants, flags, satellite dishes, signs, etc. Yes, the inside of your house will likely be a wreck with all the outside stuff being inside. When I have to prep for a storm, I can barely walk through here. Bring your cars into the garage if you have one (everybody has a garage up north, don’t they?).  During Hurricane Andrew (Cat 5), uprooted palm trees were seen blowing through the air horizontally like lawn darts!  Your storm won't be that bad, but all those unrooted things outside can become missiles, perhaps right through your windows. 

It very common for lots of tornadoes to be spawned during a hurricane, so if you’ve got a basement, good for you! Set up a place down there to go - put a battery operated radio down there and battery operated TV if you have one. And tools - in case you have to cut your way out in the event of real wind damage or a tornado. First aid kit, water, blankets, flashlights and LOTS of batteries.  I keep about 100 batteries on hand.  When I had a house in Ohio, I kept a tornado room always in the "ready position" so in the event I heard sirens, I just grabbed the cat and ran.

If you have a pool, drain it down a foot or two. The torrential rains will over flow it if it’s already full and that extra water could flow into your house - they do in Florida anyway - it's flat here. 

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I don't think it's headed this way any longer. It looks like it's veering out to sea and will most likely hit NS instead.

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Bree wrote:

I don't think it's headed this way any longer. It looks like it's veering out to sea and will most likely hit NS instead.

If it headed inland then you would have the eastern tornadic side, so good deal.  Keep us posted.  Have to watch NASCAR in Kansas now...

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ME tooo...I just wish they would get it started..all this pre race stuff ..grrrrrrr

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Weather channel says you all will be getting alot of rain and some wind..but probably no worse than a bad nor'easter

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Just stay in the interior away from windows.  It is the rain that will be the worst for you as you have had rain and the roots of the big trees are saturated.  They will topple if given too much rain and wind.

PS the only hurricane I have experienced I was in Morristown New Jersey.  I was on the subway in NYC when they closed them down and had to get out of the city back to Morristown to my hotel. 

I had a once a year very important mandatory class to take back in Seattle and Newark was closed for days as the roads were flooded, I couldn't even get a cab.  The restaurants were all boarded up, so I ate hotel food for three days.  AWFUL.

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The trees are my biggest worry.  I know from previous storms that they are pretty shallow rooted - and we're surrounded by them - BIG ones too. 

I've battened down all the hatches, all the storm windows are in place, all the outdoor furniture is away, the signs are down, the lamps and flashlights are all in working order .....

The forecast is definitely improving for this area of the coast, and hopefully for SS too.  I know we've had stronger sustained winds and gusts with our winter storms, so I'm hoping this isn't too horrendous.  Right now, flooding looks to be the biggest problem.  We're on a hill but the store is down at the bottom, right by the tidal river.

Would also love to hear from our PEI and other Maritime folks - they're the ones I'm most concerned about.

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Keep us posted!

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JunieBJones (JBJ) wrote:
It is the rain that will be the worst for you as you have had rain and the roots of the big trees are saturated.  They will topple if given too much rain and wind.

Or the leaves and branches get saturated and fall down, crushing your Adirondack chairs.

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Or you have lightning hit a tree that takes out your A/C and electronics in your range! 

Lowest place and interior spaces.

We're thinking of you...down here in our clear 85F degree weather!

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muirford wrote:

JunieBJones (JBJ) wrote:
It is the rain that will be the worst for you as you have had rain and the roots of the big trees are saturated.  They will topple if given too much rain and wind.

Or the leaves and branches get saturated and fall down, crushing your Adirondack chairs.

Wait. I've seen that somewhere before...

I would worry most about my neighbors' 60' pine. THOSE have very shallow roots.

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The lowest level is always the best place to be (unless you are in a flood zone), of course most of us in the south do not have basements. 

Yes, take in what ever you can as the strong winds can pick up objects you would never expect and toss them about.  As with all hurricanes, tornatoes are very common (they reported over 1000 associated with Katrina).  So it is also common for trees to be uprooted as well. 

When it is all over, be very careful of where you go outdoors as power lines could be down and still be 'live'. 

Take care - our thoughts & prayers are with you.  Let us hear from you as soon as possible.

 

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OK, will be bringing in lawn furniture later this morning.

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So, for those in the know, is that where we should go if it gets really bad-the basement?

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That is where you go when a tornado is sited ...so if high winds...I guess that is where I would be to avoid any flying debris that may come in and break windows etc.  Sounds like the winds will get high and several inches of rain. And they suspect power outages because poles above ground.

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How are you all today up North?  Also PEI folks please check in.

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So far it is just rain, the worst coming later on today. My guests who are headed north tried to cancel. They showed me a pic of their resort, RIGHT on the coast. They were told they had to pay unless the resort got evacuation warnings. We have guests coming today but no idea if they are already in the area or are flying in today. We planned last night what we would make this morning for brekkie if the power was out, but all is well.

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yikes!  i'm all alone here with whatever guests still show up.  do you suppose any actually will?! 

time to 'batten down the hatches' as they say.  tomorrow i'd better go outside and gather up the umbrellas.

we have a sign that hangs on a post.  should i take it in? 

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I would bring in anything that could blow around or away. Your sign, if torn off in the wind, will be a missle to do damage to people or property in its path. Above all, keep yourself out of danger.

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"A tropical storm warning extended from Port Clyde, about 50 miles northeast of Portland, to Eastport. A tropical storm watch extended from Port Clyde to Cape Elizabeth, an area that includes Portland, Maine's largest city."

A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions, with winds of at least 74 mph, are possible within 36 hours. A tropical storm warning means conditions for that type of storm, with winds of 39 to 73 mph, are expected within the next 24 hours. A tropical storm watch means those conditions are possible within 36 hours.

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Please be careful. Take in anything that can be tossed around. Do you have a basement? That is where I would be. Hey maybe Jim Cantori from the Weather Channel may show up at your doorSmiling

You are in are thoughts and prayers.

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Here is hoping it goes out to sea and blows itself out. I hope none of our ships are in its path. Better get an e-mail out to my grandson and ask if he is in any rough weather. He cannot tell me where he is, but maybe he can tell me if he is getting seasick.

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May it go north and do little damage.

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I'd rather it went out to sea altogether...we've got folks on here from the Atlantic Provinces, too.

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Latest one puts a tropical storm warning on SS's doorstep and the tropical storm watch on my doorstep as well as Tipsy's...not trying to panic anyone...

AT 5 PM EDT... 2100 UTC... A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT ALONG THE COAST OF MAINE FROM PORT CLYDE EASTWARD TO EASTPORT. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE COAST OF MAINE SOUTH OF PORT CLYDE TO CAPE ELIZABETH... INCLUDING THE PORTLAND AREA. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA... GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS.

AT 500 PM AST... 2100Z... THE CENTER OF HURRICANE KYLE WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 34.3 NORTH... LONGITUDE 69.7 WEST OR ABOUT 315 MILES... 505 KM... WEST-NORTHWEST OF BERMUDA AND ABOUT 485 MILES... 780 KM... SOUTH OF NANTUCKET MASSACHUSETTS.

KYLE IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 23 MPH... 37 KM/HR. A GRADUAL TURN TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHEAST IS EXPECTED TONIGHT AND SUNDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK... THE CENTER OF KYLE IS FORECAST TO BE NEAR EASTERN NEW ENGLAND OR THE CANADIAN MARITIMES LATE SUNDAY.

REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 75 MPH... 120 KM/HR... WITH HIGHER GUSTS. KYLE IS A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE. SOME ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS POSSIBLE DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES... 110 KM... FROM THE CENTER... AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 205 MILES... 335 KM MAINLY TO THE EAST OF THE CENTER.

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