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Here Comes Irene

An update on the status of Hurricane Irene and its impact on Concord.

Scattered rain has started to fall over much of New England, as Hurricane Irene continues to move northward. At 12 p.m. today, the storm was located approximately 510 miles southwest of Hartford according to the National Weather Service.

Middlesex County is included in a Tropical Storm Warning issued by the NWS.

"Hurricane Irene continues to move north-northeast and will affect southern  New England tonight and especially Sunday. Based on the current forecast track … people in  Southern New England should prepare for a period of strong to damaging winds … heavy rainfall and the likelihood for coastal flooding along the south coast," the warning states. "Tropical storm force winds with hurricane force wind gusts are expected across Southern New England late tonight into Sunday. Hurricane force gusts are expected to be more frequent along the south coast of Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts. These wind speeds will likely produce widespread damage with downed trees and power outages."

Yesterday, of Vanderhoof Hardware about how to secure your property by bringing in or securing down any objects that could be thrown around outside your home by strong winds.

Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Mark Cotreau issued this statement yesterday on Concord's preparation for the storm. No additional advisories have yet been issued by the town. Any information will be posted as it is received.

Municipal Contacts
In a major emergency, your first call should be 9-1-1, but if you have non-emergency questions or concerns, here some helpful phone numbers:

  • Concord Police Department — (978) 318-3400
  • Concord Fire Department — (978) 318-3450
  • Public Works — (978) 318-3206
  • Water/Sewer Department — (978) 318-3250
  • Concord Light — (978) 318-3101/(978)-318-3126
  • Highway, Grounds and Cemetery — (978) 318-3220
  • Emerson Hospital — (978) 369-1400

Shelters
The American Red Cross has established emergency shelter locations all along the eastern seaboard. No shelters have been opened in the immediate area yet, but an up to date list of Red Cross shelters can be found here. Any information on local shelters will be posted as it is made available.

Share Your Thoughts With Us
Hurricane Irene is predicted to possibly be the strongest storm to hit New England in the 20 years since Hurricane Bob hit the region on Aug. 19, 1991.

Where were you during Hurricane Bob — or any other storm for that matter? Did you learn any lessons about preparation that have helped in getting ready for Irene? Share your stories in the comments section below, or e-mail us at Chris.Tanguay@Patch.com.

Click here for the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency's page on hurricane safety.

Peter Flynn August 27, 2011 at 10:03 PM
I was working at MacKay Hardware store in Lexington. It was the first time I had worked a day of a major storm. I couldn't beleive all the customers who came in looking for the essentials..flashlights, batteries, tape.. the usual routine. It probably was the busiest day that I ever worked in the retail other than the day before Christmas @ H.O.G.S. Packy in Concord

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