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Irene as of Thursday, August 25. NASA/NOAA photo.
Irene as of Thursday, August 25. NASA/NOAA photo.

Hurricane Irene, now tropical storm, rolls through region

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Update: Sun. 1:50 pm. So far the North Country has missed the brunt of the storm, which is now focused east of our listening area in New England. Rain and wind has caused minor flooding and scattered power outages.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is saying New York State is well-prepared for what could be the biggest storm to hit in a generation. He's declared a state of emergency...and the state is deploying 1000 national guard troops, closing down the New York City area's mass transit, and considering closing bridges and even the New York State Thruway.

Cuomo and his top staff have also requisitioned 150 ambulances, and ordered the lowering of key reservoirs; and will have 2500 utility workers on standby for cleanup.

We won't be getting the worst of Irene in the North Country--but we will be affected...and to get a sense of what's going to happen in our area, Nora Flaherty spoke with Greg Hanson, at the National Weather Service's office in Burlington, Vermont. She asked him what we can expect over the next few days:

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National Weather Service statement, 8 am Sat, 8/27:

AREAS AFFECTED...
THIS LOCAL STATEMENT PROVIDES IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND
RECOMMENDED ACTIONS FOR PEOPLE IN LOCATIONS ACROSS NORTHERN NEW
YORK AND VERMONT...ALONG WITH MARINE INTERESTS ALONG LAKE
CHAMPLAIN.

.WATCHES/WARNINGS...
A HIGH WIND WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR VERMONT AND THE EASTERN
SLOPES OF THE EASTERN SLOPES OF THE ADIRONDACKS IN NORTHERN NEW
YORK FROM SUNDAY MORNING UNTIL MONDAY MORNING.

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHERN ADIRONDACKS
AND CHAMPLAIN VALLEY OF NEW YORK AND ALL OF VERMONT FROM SUNDAY
MORNING UNTIL MONDAY MORNING.

.STORM
INFORMATION...
AT 1100 PM EDT...HURRICANE IRENE WAS LOCATED ABOUT 95 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF CAPE HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
WINDS WERE 90 MPH. IRENE IS EXPECTED TO MOVE NORTHWARD ALONG THE
EAST COAST AND THEN MOVE ACROSS NEW ENGLAND ON SUNDAY.

.RAINFALL...
WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAINS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP EARLY SUNDAY AND CONTINUE
ALL DAY SUNDAY BEFORE TAPERING OFF SUNDAY NIGHT. RAINFALL TOTALS
ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE 1 TO 4 INCH RANGE OVER NORTHERN NEW YORK
AND 3 TO 6 INCHES IN VERMONT.

.FLOODING...
WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT FLASH FLOODING AND FLOODING OF RIVERS AND
STREAMS IS EXPECTED...ESPECIALLY ACROSS VERMONT. THE WORST OF THE
FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR SUNDAY EVENING AND SUNDAY
NIGHT...WHILE RIVER FLOODING WILL CONTINUE INTO MONDAY. THE
FLOODING WILL RESULT IN A SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO PROPERTY AND LIFE.
EVERYONE IN FLOOD PRONE AREAS NEED TO TAKE ACTION NOW. FLOODING
AT
NIGHT IS ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS AS IT IS MUCH HARDER TO RECOGNIZE
HOW DEEP WATER IS OR REALIZE THAT A ROAD OR BRIDGE IS WASHED OUT
UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE.

.WINDS...
NORTHERLY WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO STRENGTHEN DURING THE DAY
SUNDAY...PEAKING SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. WINDS ARE
EXPECTED TO FREQUENTLY GUST OVER 50 MPH...AND REACH UP TO 60 MPH
IN SOME LOCATIONS...ESPECIALLY ACROSS VERMONT.

WINDS OF THIS STRENGTH WILL BE CAPABLE OF DOWNING NUMEROUS TREES
AND POWER LINES. LARGE SCALE AND LONG LASTING POWER OUTAGES ARE
POSSIBLE. DRIVING LARGE VEHICLES SUCH AS TRAILERS AND RECREATIONAL
VEHICLES WILL BE DIFFICULT. NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE CARE OF ANY
OBJECTS THAT MAY BE BLOWN AROUND BY STRONG WINDS SUCH AS TENTS AND
DECK FURNITURE.

.MARINE...
ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN...NORTHERLY WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO BE SUSTAINED
IN THE 35 TO 45 MPH RANGE SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING WITH GUSTS
UP TO 60 MPH AT TIMES.
WINDS WILL TURN TO THE WEST SUNDAY
NIGHT...MAINLY AFTER MIDNIGHT. SUCH WINDS WILL GENERATE VERY LARGE
WAVES...PERHAPS IN EXCESS OF 6 FEET. THIS WILL RESULT IN SOME
EROSION ON NORTH AND WEST FACING LAKE SHORES. ALL PRECAUTIONS
SHOULD BE MADE TO SECURE BOATS AND OTHER PROPERTY ON THE LAKE.


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