Tropical Storm Henri – Guidance and Resource Page

The National Weather Service has announced that Tropical Storm Henri is expected to make landfall in New England on Sunday, August 22. Current forecasts indicate that the storm will move towards Holyoke this afternoon and last until Monday morning. We could receive 4 to 8 inches of rain and wind gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour. We anticipate localized flooding in the streets and power outages. The power outages could be of long duration due to the magnitude of the storm. Please check sumps and storm sewers near your residence and clean up any debris that may be blocking them to help prevent flooding. If possible, please stay home and off the road. If you see any flooded roads, turn around. Stay away from downed power lines. Secure all loose objects in your yard. Call 911 only for immediate emergencies. During this weather event, please pay attention to your neighbors. Please refrain from using candles in case of power failure. Flashlights are a much safer option.

If you have a portable generator, make sure it’s plugged in properly and being used outdoors, away from any openings in your home. Generators produce carbon monoxide which is fatal if it enters your home.

During the storm, you can monitor outages throughout the city using the breakdown map which is regularly updated by HG&E.

Stay safe, we will provide additional information about our Facebook page that this event develops.

Here is more detailed information of

What to do during a hurricane

  • Avoid driving or going out during a storm. Floods and destructive winds can make travel dangerous.
  • If you must be in the storm:
    • Do not walk in flowing water. Six inches of fast moving water can knock you off your feet.
    • Remember the phrase “Turn around, don’t drown!” »Do not drive on flooded roads. Cars can be washed away in just two feet of moving water. If your vehicle is trapped in fast moving water, stay in the vehicle. If the water rises inside the vehicle, seek shelter on the roof.
    • Do not bypass road barriers.
  • Continue to monitor the media for emergency information.
  • Follow the instructions of public safety officials.
  • If advised to clear out, do it immediately. Take only essential items, and bring your pets if possible.
  • If said to shelter in place:
    • Stay indoors and away from windows.
    • Listen to local TV or radio for updates.
    • Conditions can change quickly; be prepared to evacuate to a shelter or a neighbor’s house if necessary.

What to do after a hurricane has passed

  • Continue to monitor the media for emergency information.
  • Follow the instructions of public safety officials.
  • Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies, including power line failures and gas leaks.
  • Call 2-1-1 for location of shelters and other disaster information.
  • Stay away from fallen electrical cables. Always assume that a failed power line is live.
  • Remember the phrase “Turn around, don’t drown!” »Do not drive on flooded roads. Cars can be washed away in just two feet of moving water.
  • Stay away from damaged buildings and affected areas and / or roads until authorities deem them safe.
  • If you have evacuated, do not return home until authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Listen to news reports to find out if your water supply is safe to drink. Until local authorities proclaim that your water supply is safe, Boil water for at least one minute before drinking or using it for food preparation.
  • Check your house for damage:
    • Never touch electrical equipment when wet or standing in water. Consider hiring a qualified electrician to assess damage to electrical systems.
    • Have wells checked for bacteria and chemical contamination before using them.
    • Have damaged septic tanks or leach systems repaired as soon as possible to reduce potential health risks.
    • If you think there is a gas leak, get out immediately and do not turn on or off any switches or electrical devices. If you have turned off your gas, a licensed professional is required to turn it back on.
    • If your home or property is damaged, take photos or videos to document the damage and contact your insurance company.
  • If your electricity is cut, follow our safety tips in the event of a power failure.
    • Report power outages to your utility company.
    • Use generators and grills outdoors as their fumes contain carbon monoxide. Make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working as it is a silent and odorless killer. See more Safety tips for the generator.
    • If a traffic light is out, treat the intersection as a four-lane stop.
  • If the phone lines are cut, use social media or text to let others know you’re okay.
  • Look before you walk. After a hurricane or flood, soil and floors can become covered with debris, including broken bottles and nails.
  • Avoid entering moving or stagnant flood water. Flood water and sludge can be contaminated with oil, gasoline or raw sewage.
  • Clean and disinfect anything that has gotten wet and take steps to prevent and detect mold. Consider hiring professional cleaning and repair services. See more tips for recovering flood.
  • Throw away foods (including canned foods) that have come in contact with flood water, have been exposed to temperatures above 40 ° F for more than two hours, or have an unusual smell, color or texture. If in doubt, throw it out!
  • Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with health problems, and those who may need extra help.

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