Maine emergency responders preparing for hurricane

Posted Sept. 01, 2010, at 6:44 a.m.
This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 01:45 PM EDT shows Category 1 Hurricane Danielle, located about 500 nautical miles northeast of Bermuda, moving northeastward at 23 knots. Danielle is beginning to weaken as it picks up speed in forward motion. Scattered moderate and isolated strong convective activity continues to accompany Danielle.  To the south, Category 1 Hurricane Earl, centered about 165 nautical miles east of Antigua, is moving northwestward at 15 knots.  Earl is forecast to strengthen over the next couple of days and could reach major hurricane status by Tuesday.  Meanwhile, an area of low pressure located midway between the west coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles has a high chance, 80 percent, of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next couple of days.  (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)
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This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 01:45 PM EDT shows Category 1 Hurricane Danielle, located about 500 nautical miles northeast of Bermuda, moving northeastward at 23 knots. Danielle is beginning to weaken as it picks up speed in forward motion. Scattered moderate and isolated strong convective activity continues to accompany Danielle. To the south, Category 1 Hurricane Earl, centered about 165 nautical miles east of Antigua, is moving northwestward at 15 knots. Earl is forecast to strengthen over the next couple of days and could reach major hurricane status by Tuesday. Meanwhile, an area of low pressure located midway between the west coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles has a high chance, 80 percent, of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next couple of days. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)
Caleb Bourne, 11, of Ocean City, Md., bodyboards in Ocean City Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. Hurricane Earl, now a powerful Category 4 storm, is headed toward the U.S. coast early Tuesday after battering islands across the northeastern Caribbean. Forecasters cautioned that it was still too early to tell how close Earl might come to land. (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Laura Emmons)
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Caleb Bourne, 11, of Ocean City, Md., bodyboards in Ocean City Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. Hurricane Earl, now a powerful Category 4 storm, is headed toward the U.S. coast early Tuesday after battering islands across the northeastern Caribbean. Forecasters cautioned that it was still too early to tell how close Earl might come to land. (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Laura Emmons)

PORTLAND, Maine — Emergency responders in Maine are checking their plans and making sure their equipment is ready just in case Hurricane Earl hits the state.

The current forecast has the storm passing southeast of Maine late Friday or early Saturday, but hurricanes can be unpredictable.

So officials are urging Mainers to monitor news reports, have emergency contact plans for family members and assemble disaster preparedness kids that include nonperishable food, first aid supplies, any medications that might be required, flashlights and batteries.

The Portland Press Herald says the last significant hurricane to hit Maine was Hurricane Bob, in 1991.

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