Update 4: Closely Watching Lee, Katia, Maria, & Nate

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The peak of hurricane season is here, and we’re closely watching the effects of tropical storm Lee’s remnants, Hurricane Katia in the Atlantic, and the newly formed tropical storms – Nate and Maria.

As we continue working closely to support the states recovering from the impacts of Irene, we are also working closely with them to support state and local response operations from Lee as a major flood threat continues. Here’s an overview of what we’re doing:

  • We have liaison officers in many Mid-Atlantic state emergency operations centers who are in constant coordination with the National Weather Service, other federal partners and state emergency management agency partners across the Mid-Atlantic states and New England.
  • A FEMA liaison is being deployed to the Broome County Emergency Operations Center in New York, to ensure that the state has the needed resources to respond to the ongoing flood threat in that area.
  • We have commodities (such as cots, blankets, food and water) that were prepositioned in advance of Hurricane Irene that can be sent out if the state requires additional commodities. In New York, 450 cots were on hand and turned over to the state and delivered to the Binghamton University shelter.

As the remnants of Lee move from the Mid-Atlantic into upstate New York and southern New England, additional heavy rainfall is likely in these locations before the entire system slowly dissipates by the end of the week. If you’re in an area that may be impacted, don’t put yourself at risk; follow the instructions of local officials. (More flood safety tips)

Tropical Storm Maria
In the Atlantic, tropical storm Maria is forecast to move further westward. According to the National Hurricane Center, those in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico should closely monitor the progress of the storm. We are deploying an Incident Management Assistance Team to the U.S. Virgin Islands to assist territory and local authorities in coordination efforts; and we already have a Joint Field Office open in Puerto Rico due to our ongoing recovery efforts from Hurricane Irene.

Nate and Katia
While tropical storm Nate (in the Gulf of Mexico) and Hurricane Katia (in the Atlantic) pose no immediate threat to the U.S. mainland or territories, we continue to closely monitor their progress. History reminds us that tropical storm systems can change paths with little warning, so those in coastal or inland areas should take steps to get prepared. Hurricane season lasts until November 30, so take steps now to make sure your family and property are safe – visit Ready.gov/hurricanes for more information.

And for the latest on all the developing tropical systems, visit Hurricanes.gov or Hurricanes.gov/mobile on your phone.

Last Updated: 
07/10/2012 - 15:21
Posted on Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:48
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