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[/caption]Hurricane Irene is coming, and almost every computer model has it impacting our area in a major way Sunday. In Columbia County, Copake Supervisor Reggie Crowley sent this warning Thu., Aug. 25 to other supervisors and the media: "While the exact tract of the hurricane is still to be determined, it appears we may be experiencing some 'not so nice' weather this weekend. No official warnings have been issued for our area as of yet. If they are issued I will forward them. Best case scenario seems to be that we will at least experience some heavy rain and winds over the weekend, which may result in power outages. You may want to take some steps to prepare:
• Get some bottled water.
• Fill the gas tanks.
• Make sure bar-b-q tanks are full. (Great for cooking when there's no power.)
• Fresh batteries for flashlights.
• If you have a generator, have some extra gas.
Statewide, Governor Andrew Cuomo has the State Emergency Operations Center up to Level 3 readiness, and Cuomo is monitoring the situation from Albany, while preparations for the storm's arrival are made.