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Hurricane Irene

----For Immediate Release- Wednesday August 24, 2011
From Heather Harper, Acting Falmouth Town Manager

The Town of Falmouth encourages all residents and visitors to be vigilant in monitoring the path and potential impact of Hurricane Irene.  Hurricane Irene is expected to make her presence known in our region beginning tomorrow, Thursday, August 25, 2011 with stormy seas and potential rip tides.

If this storm makes landfall as planned, it will occur during an astronomical high tide which will increase the storm surge particularly in low lying areas and in and around Buzzards Bay. The Bridges will close when winds reach high velocity [70 miles per hour] and residents and visitors should plan accordingly.

Please be prepared to make accommodations for your family, pets and property prior to the storm anticipated on Saturday, August 27, 2011 peaking on Sunday August 28th.

The Town of Falmouth’s Emergency Response Team is monitoring the storm closely and will make an announcement at 3:00 PM on Thursday August 23, 2011 about the Town’s intention to open a shelter and possible evacuation plans.  The hours of operation of the Town of Falmouth’s Emergency Operation Center will also be announced, as well as a schedule for regular storm related announcements.

* Community announcements will appear on Falmouth Community Television Channels 13 & 15 as well as on the Town of Falmouth’s web page and will be provided to WCIB, WQRC, and WMVY.
* Please refer to the Town of Falmouth’s Home Page at www.falmouthmass.us for information about emergency planning and to the LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING PAGE for more information about Hurricane Preparedness.
* Future hurricane and public information updates will be on local radio stations and FCTV channel 13.
* For further information you may call the emergency operation center at (508) 495-2602 or view the town website.

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