It is recommended that residents stay alert and prepare to take the necessary safety precautions as Tropical Storm Henri is expected to track toward in New England in the coming days.According to the National Hurricane Center, as of 11:30 a.m. Friday, Tropical Storm Henri is moving west-northwest over the western Atlantic and is about 770 miles south-southwest of Nantucket.The center of Henri is expected to remain offshore of the East Coast during the next couple of days, but is forecast to track near Cape Cod and the Islands or just offshore Sunday into Monday.Henri is forecast to intensify into a hurricane on Friday with additional strengthening predicted to occur this weekend. There is a potential for tropical storm or lower-end hurricane force winds along with rough seas. Swells from Henri are expected to reach the East Coast on Friday and continue through the weekend. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents.There is a Hurricane Watch in effect for parts of Rhode Island, and a Storm Surge Watch for parts of the South Shore of Massachusetts. However, the exact path and strength of the storm when it gets closer to New England are still uncertain and residents are urged to stay alert and monitor the local forecast.Town officials are receiving briefings as the situation is updated, and are staying current on storm tracks and forecasts to ensure staffing is in place to deal with any emergency that arises.Town officials are closely monitoring the water levels and condition of the River Street dam. The town took measurements today to establish a baseline water level and is prepared to implement the Emergency Action Plan should water levels become dangerous. If it becomes necessary to issue a dam safety watch or warning, the town will issue emergency alerts through the reverse 9-1-1 system. Residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts from the town at actonma.gov/subscribe.Additionally, residents dependent on critical life safety items, such as suctions or ventilators, and who may need assistance using these items during the storm are encouraged to identify themselves by contacting the Acton Fire Department at 978-929-7722. Residents are reminded to always dial 9-1-1 for emergencies.Stay informed by receiving alerts, warnings, and public safety information before, during and after emergencies.Safety precautions residents should follow to prepare for a hurricane or tropical storm include:
Additional tropical storm and hurricane safety tips offered by MEMA can be found here.
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