Hurricane Irene is on track for New England this weekend. Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared a state of emergency on Friday, August 26, 2011.
While there has been no announcement in Massachusetts at this time, a state of emergency was declared in nearby Connecticut by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
The latest track for Hurricane Irene has it making landfall on the North Carolina Coast on Saturday, and moving on to the mid-Atlantic and New England Sunday and Monday.
Chafee announced that the state-wide state of emergency is effective immediately. All state campgrounds will close at 3pm on Saturday and while state beaches will remain open, swimming will be restricted.
Connecticut Light & Power has reportedly cancelled all staff vacations putting all of its crew on standby in case of power outages.
What to expect in New England? Weather.com reports that Irene is expected to hit New England Sunday and Sunday night, and there is a possibility that it could bring hurricane conditions. Expect gusty winds, flooding rains, downed trees and coastal flooding. Irene could still bring some hurricane conditions.
There is a mandatory evacuation reported on the town of South Kingstown’s website. It states that all persons in the South Shore coast line and low lying areas near Narrow River are required to evacuate no later than 10 am on Sunday, August 28, 2011.
Even if you are not under evacuation orders, take note of the Rhode Isand Hurricane Evacuation maps here.
- WaterFire has canceled its lighting on Saturday, August 27.
- Coventry Public Schools will be closed on Monday, August 29.
- Parking bans go into effect in Middletown at noon on Saturday and at 5pm in North Kingstown.
- RISD: As of 4:30 p.m. Friday all academic buildings are closed for the duration of the storm.
- Rhode Island College: Move-in day moved to Monday. First day of classes to Tuesday.
- The University of Rhode Island: Any students planning to move in between Monday and Wednesday are advised to wait until further notice.
- Back to School for many is August 30. RIEMA and school superintendents will decide if there is a delay depending on the outcome of the storm.
Rhode Islanders can sign up for cancellation alerts reported by schools and businesses here.
A Hurricane Watch was been issued for Rhode Island on August 26 by the National Hurricane Center. WPRI 12 reports that Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts should be spared the worst of the storm with the current track, with some “moderate coastal flooding and damage to trees and power lines from wind” possible. Any changes to the track of Irene could make the impact worse.
- Hurricane Irene help: Red Cross Safe and Well website, iPhone app
- Track Tropical Storm Irene: Social media, iPhone, smartphone weather resources