CT SET Bulletin #1

October 25, 2011 Posted by

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The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is closely watching late-season Atlantic Hurricane ZETA, currently a Category 3 hurricane in the Florida Keys. ZETA is expected to track rapidly to the north. This massive storm is forecast to have considerable impact on the Northeast United States on Thursday and Friday of this week (27-28 October 2011).

Expected rainfall totals are likely to exceed 12 inches in many parts of Connecticut. This will add to the already extraordinarily high river and stream levels, resulting in widespread flooding. Anticipated high winds combined with this additional rain are likely to cause extensive power outages due to downed trees.

Also of concern is a recent USGS report of increased seismological activity in the region. While earthquakes are not common here, they do occur. In light of the heavy river flow from the storm, there is particular concern for potential catastrophic damage to dams statewide.

I anticipate CT ARES being activated on Saturday, 29 October 2011, to assist with recovery in the aftermath of this storm and/or earthquake event. Please be prepared to assist our Served Agencies by staffing the following locations to the degree able: CT DEMHS Regional Offices (simulated), shelters (simulated) opened by the American Red Cross, and Emergency Operations Centers (simulated) in municipalities needing radio operators. Coordination by District Emergency Coordinators (DECs) with local authorities is encouraged.

The National Weather Service expects to activate SKYWARN to provide rainfall data as well as assisting with river and stream monitoring. The National Traffic System (NTS) component of amateur radio will be used to handle message traffic.

73, Wayne, N1CLV
SEC – CT ARES(r)

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