The City of Bath urges residents to prepare for the potential impacts of Hurricane Lee, which is expected to arrive in the Midcoast region late Friday evening and into Saturday, September 16. High wind, significant rain, and coastal flooding are expected. Power outages are likely as tree root systems may have been compromised due to the heavy rain of the summer. Residents should be prepared for flooding roads near the waterfront. Public Works, Bath Police Department, and Fire and Rescue along with City Officials will coordinate with the Maine Emergency Management Association (MEMA) as well as County Emergency Management Agencies, State partners, and Central Maine Power (CMP) if conditions worsen. People are encouraged to stay tuned to alerts and warnings through our social media channels, this webpage, and local news outlets.
Given the strong winds forecasted, people should remove objects in their yards that could become airborne, such as yard decorations and garbage cans on decks and porches. City officials will barricade streets that are flooded. The public is urged to pay attention to these barricades and not drive through flooded streets. If you observe a downed power line, report it to CMP. Citizens are reminded to never touch a downed power line or a tree in contact with a downed line. Motorists should slow down or change lanes when approaching utility crews working on roadways. Regional emergency shelters may open in several Maine counties. Please visit MEMA’s website to find out if emergency shelters are open. You may also dial 2-1-1.
Ways to Prepare
The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) urges residents to prepare ahead of this storm. To view their preparedness information, visit this page.
If you need to use a portable generator, please remember that the only safe place to use a portable generator is outside and far from any occupied dwelling. This requires planning for the distance and having the right amount of extension cords to bring power to a dwelling space. For more safety information, please visit: https://www.takeyourgeneratoroutside.com/safety-resources/severe-weather-preparedness/