NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – It may seem that North Salem has finally recovered from the season’s numerous storms but, as of June 1, the next hurricane season has officially begun.
“Sandy cleanup is almost done,” said North Salem Supervisor Warren Lucas. “We still have work to do up at the summer camp and the Town Hall roof needs some work. Some damaged flashing has caused leaks in the 250-year-old building.”
Though the seasonal average for hurricanes is six, there could be as many as 11 hurricanes this season, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As many as six of them could be Category 3 or higher.
Category 3 is considered a major hurricane, with sustained winds up to 111 to 129 mph, according to the National Weather Service Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale . Some structural damage to small buildings is likely; buildings without foundations, such as mobile homes, are usually destroyed. A large number of trees are uprooted or snapped. Terrain may be flooded inland. Near-total power loss is likely.
“As we saw first-hand with Sandy, it’s important to remember that tropical storm and hurricane impacts are not limited to the coastline,” NOAA Acting Administrator, Kathryn Sullivan said in a statement. “Strong winds, torrential rain, flooding, and tornadoes often threaten inland areas far from where the storm first makes landfall.”
Cell phone users can now subscribe to real-time Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs). These are free informational text messages, sent to WEA-enabled cell phones within the range of an imminent and dangerous local situation, severe weather event or America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert.
The WEA notification is designed to get your attention with a unique sound and vibration. There is no need to register. Notices come automatically if you have a WEA-capable phone and your wireless carrier participates in the program. Contact your mobile service for more information or visit the website .
In addition, the town of North Salem maintains a facebook page to disseminate information from the supervisor's office.
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