The National Weather Service predicts damaging winds, especially along the coast. A high wind warning is in effect from 8 p.m. this evening until 4 p.m., Tuesday, December 1, 2020 with gusts up to 60 mph. Minor splashover is possible in vulnerable low-lying spots along the coast around the time of high tide late this evening, especially along coastal Washington and Hancock counties.
In anticipation of potential power outages, Mainers are reminded to take the following steps when using a generator:
- NEVER use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.
- Follow the instructions that come with your generator. Locate the unit outdoors and at least 15 feet away from doors, windows, and vents that could allow CO to come indoors. Make sure the generator's exhaust is directed away from doors, windows, and vents.
- Install battery-operated CO alarms or plug-in CO alarms with battery back-up in your home, according to the manufacturers instructions. CO alarms should be certified to the requirements of the latest safety standards (UL 2034, IAS 6-96, or CSA 6.19.01). Test batteries monthly.
The State Emergency Operations Center remains operational seven days a week and is responding to resource needs of the county emergency management agencies related to COVID-19 as well as storm events.