If not Earl, could Maine someday soon be clobbered by a hurricane?

Posted Sept. 03, 2010, at 4:12 p.m.

Emergency management officials have been saying for the last ten years that Maine is due to be hit by a hurricane that does not degrade to a tropical storm. The hurricane cycle has returned to an active period, they say, and higher ocean temperatures could increase the odds of a powerful storm hitting our coast.

In the last few decades, millions of dollars of

development has been constructed along the coast, mostly in the form of high-end homes, so the potential for property damage is great.

Should Maine state and municipal officials stay current with evacuation and emergency plans? Was Maine’s attitude of “better to be safe than sorry” with Earl warranted, or did officials over-react? What are the odds that Maine will see a major hurricane damage the coast in the next 10 years?

http://bangordailynews.com/2010/09/03/opinion/if-not-earl-could-maine-someday-soon-be-clobbered-by-a-hurricane/ printed on July 29, 2014