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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hurricane Irene - worth watching

The National Hurricane Center is currently showing the track of Hurricane Irene taking it to New Jersey still carrying hurricane strength winds on Sunday around 2 PM.

The National Weather Service has gotten very good at predicting storm tracks, though they still don't have as good a record on predicting storm intensity.

Of course, it makes a big difference where within the "cone" - the predicted path - the storm actually does track.

Winds on the eastern side of a hurricane or tropical storm are generally a lot stronger than on the western side.

Right now, it looks most likely we will taste the winds on the eastern side.

If you aren't sure what you should do to be prepared for a tropical storm, go to Charlestown's official Emergency Management webpage for information and suggestions.

As the current map shows, the odds are pretty good that we will get tropical storm strength winds this weekend.

Be prepared. Stay safe.

1 comment:

  1. Everyone should pay attention and not panic. Kevin Gallup, Emergency Management Director will be on top of this along with Chief Shippee, Bill DiLibero, Town Administrator, Alan Arsenault, DPW and other town officials. Town officials have been trained in emergency responses for these type of disasters (I still have my certificates).

    So folks, you can sign up for the Community Notification Service at the town's website: and also go to the Emergency Management page for other information.


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