CT SET – Bulletin #2

October 26, 2011 Posted by

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The National Hurricane Center (NHC) continues to closely watch late-season Atlantic Hurricane ZETA. While it has weakened slightly, it is still a strong Category 2 hurricane just offshore of South Carolina. ZETA is expected to track rapidly northward. This massive storm is forecast to have considerable impact on the Northeast US with landfall expected on the Connecticut shoreline sometime on Friday (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 and powerlines.

USGS reports seismological activity in the region has increased notably. In light of the heavy river flow from the storm, there is particular concern for potential catastrophic damage to dams statewide.

I expect to activate CT ARES 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 on Friday to provide wind and 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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