Weather Alert TORNADO WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE 526 PM EDT TUE JUL 28 2015 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAY MAINE HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR... SOUTHEASTERN SOMERSET COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL MAINE... * UNTIL 600 PM EDT * AT 525 PM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR PITTSFIELD...AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 25 MPH. * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... PITTSFIELD...CANAAN...HARTLAND...DETROIT...PALMYRA AND SAINT ALBANS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO A BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF YOU ARE IN A MOBILE HOME OR OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.
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Emergency Preparedness Conference Kicks Off In Augusta 

More than 500 people are expected to pack the Augusta Civic Center over the next two days for the Maine Emergency Preparedness Conference.Those in attendance will learn more about how other states handle emergency preparation and response.First responders, government officials, and school administrators are just a few of the people who are registered to attend.Peter Coffey from the Vermont Emergency Management Agency delivered the keynote address Tuesday.Coffey discussed his state’s preparation for and response to Hurricane Irene that devastated parts of Vermont. “I think the biggest thing is making sure the locals are prepared,” Coffey said. “That’s the whole mantra of this. It always has been and you need to be prepared for a minimum of 72 hours to be on your own. Either as a family or as a community.”The conference continues tomorrow when hazardous materials response is on the agenda.