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Somers Preparing For Rough Hurricane Season

Somers officials say they will continue to help residents prepare for the storms ahead as the town enters hurricane season.
Somers officials say they will continue to help residents prepare for the storms ahead as the town enters hurricane season. Photo Credit: File

SOMERS, N.Y. -- With this year's hurricane season predicted to be "extremely active" and the Town of Somers still cleaning up after Superstorm Sandy, Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy said the town will continue to make sure Somers is prepared.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says weather models indicate that there could be as many as 11 hurricanes, up to six of which could be category 3 or above, during this hurricane season that began June 1, according to a recent report. The seasonal average is 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three category 3 storms.

“As we saw first-hand with Sandy, it’s important to remember that tropical storm and hurricane impacts are not limited to the coastline," acting NOAA administrator Kathryn Sullivan said in a statement. "Strong winds, torrential rain, flooding, and tornadoes often threaten inland areas far from where the storm first makes landfall.”

Supervisor Murphy said the town is nearly finished putting itself back together after Superstorm Sandy.

"We are just finishing with cleaning up our trails and parks," Murphy said, adding that the town's Emergency Preparedness Committee would be prepared this season. "We meet monthly to assess our current needs and we have a team of volunteers ready to run our shelter should that ever be necessary."

The town will continue to use its communication system known as CodeRed , that was established before Sandy to alert residents of any steps necessary in an emergency, Murphy said.

"We've found that to be very successful," she said. "We'll continue to update our residents with everything they need to know to make sure they're prepared for any expected weather events."

As far as this year's season, Murphy said she is praying for the best.

"I just hope that the Lord treats us gently this hurricane season," Murphy said. "Look at the destruction we've seen in other parts of the country recently. We have to pull together and be smart when these weather events come and take these warnings seriously."

To sign up for CodRed, residents are asked to click the "CodeRed" link at the bottom of the homepage for the Town of Somers .

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