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Another Hurricane Irene Press Release from Heather Harper

For Immediate Release August 26, 2011

Hurricane Irene is expected to bring tropical storm force winds followed by hurricane force winds by early Sunday morning. Governor Patrick has declared a state of emergency.  Low lying areas, particularly the area of Buzzards Bay should prepare for storm surge as high as 6-10’.  Residents and visitors should be vigilant in preparation and be prepared for the possibility of evacuations of low lying coast areas.  Further residents and visitors should be prepared for extended power outages and the potential for flooding, tree damage and blocked roadways and potential stranding until emergency response crews are dispatched after the height of the storm.

Preparations should be made well in advance of the storm as emergency response will be limited during the height of the storm. Residents in need of oxygen or electricity for personal safety should plan for extended power outages.  Emergency response units will not respond when conditions are not safe.
The Town of Falmouth will be offering shelter to residents and visitors at Falmouth High School beginning at 6:00 PM on Saturday, August 27, 2011.  The Emergency Call center will open at 4:00 PM on Saturday, August 27, 2011 and can be reached at 508-495-2602.

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