Dutchess County prepares for Hurricane Irene. Make sure you and your family are ready

 Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Emergency Response officials are closely monitoring Hurricane Irene as it moves up the eastern coast toward New York.     Over the past two days, there have been a series of meetings and conferences calls with a variety of county agencies and partners, including the National Weather Service, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Dutchess County Department of Public Works, Dutchess County Medical Reserve Corps, New York State Emergency Management Office and Central Hudson.

“We are working with our county and partner agencies to identify and assess risks and potential impacts from Hurricane Irene,” said Dutchess County Emergency Response Coordinator Dana Smith.  “The last rain event of this magnitude to impact this area was Hurricane Floyd in 1999, when 10 inches of rain fell.    Hurricane Irene is predicted to bring similar or greater rainfall with the additional risk factor of high winds.”

The latest information provided by the National Weather Service in Albany anticipates Dutchess County will be impacted by Hurricane Irene this weekend.    Winds are projected to escalate on Sunday morning, reaching 40 to 50 mph by noon.   Winds are expected to increase into the evening, possibly reaching up to 70 mph.    Rainfall of up to 10 to 12 inches is anticipated.

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