The National Hurricane Center issued the following tropical storm watches and warnings for areas of Maine as Hurricane Earl continues to move up the eastern seaboard.

Tropical storm warnings:
• Coastal Hancock and Washington counties
• Coastal Waters from the Merrimack River in Massachusetts to Eastport Maine, including Penobscot Bay.

Tropical storm watches remain in place for:
• Interior Hancock County
• Central and Northern Washington Counties
• Coastal York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties
• Casco Bay

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm force winds (39 to 73 mph) are expected in the warning areas within 24 hours.

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm force winds (39 to 73 mph) are possible along the coast within 36 hours.

Heavy rains may also accompany tropical systems.

The National Weather Service Forecast offices in Gray and Caribou will be issuing additional forecasts as Hurricane Earl approaches. You can monitor this important information, as well as learn about preparedness and safety precautions at

Although the storm has weakened somewhat, it still poses serious dangers for many parts of Maine. Maine Emergency Management Agency recommends:

•Stay informed as the storm approaches. Even a slight variation in the track of the storm could make a big difference in the effects on Maine.

•Make preparations at your home or business if you are in a threatened area.

•Store or tie down any lawn furniture or other outdoor items that could blow away

•If you might be isolated in your home, check on the supplies you might need to ride out the storm, including special medical items and supplies for children and pets

•If you think you might need to leave your home, fill your car with gasoline, and withdraw a small amount of emergency cash from your bank or ATM. Also, make a “go-kit” of essential supplies you would need if you had to leave

•Respect all official instructions, evacuation recommendations or restrictions of roads or coastal areas

•Respect the power of the high surf. Large crashing waves and rip currents can be deadly. Stay well away from areas that have been closed by local officials.

•If you lose power, remember that emergency generators should ONLY be used outdoors, away from living areas or even attached garages. Carbon monoxide kills.

•Once you are all set, check on a neighbor, friend or relative who might need extra help

Most important, again, is to stay informed. Stay tuned to news broadcasts, or listen to your NOAA Weather Radio to be sure of current forecasts, and how the storm will affect your area.

For more preparedness and safety information, the latest weather forecasts, and links to the latest advisories and tracks for Hurricane Earl, visit