HAMPTON — The Hampton Police Department is encouraging residents to prepare for the upcoming weekend storm.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning and a blizzard warning for the area. The town of Hampton is preparing for the storm which is expected to impact the local area beginning around midnight Saturday morning.
Hampton Police Deputy Chief Alex Reno said the National Weather Service has indicated that heavy snow will cause very dangerous driving conditions and as such, travel is not advised during the duration of the storm unless absolutely necessary. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibility are likely. A storm surge of 1-3 feet is expected along with 10–14-foot nearshore waves. There is a threat of minor coastal erosion on exposed low-lying shorelines as well as splash-over with small rocks and debris on coastal roadways. The high winds also pose a potential for falling tree limbs and power outages.
The Hampton Police Department is encouraging the following safety advisories as a result of the storm track:
- Prepare for food and necessities in advance of the storm to minimize travel during the storm
- Do not drive on the roadways during the storm unless it is absolutely necessary
- Never drive into flood waters
- In the event of flooding, get to high ground and call for emergency assistance
- Keep vehicles free of snow when operating on the roadways
- Give yourself more time to get to your destination and expect delays and detours
- Give space and do not tailgate emergency vehicles or snow plows
- Ensure generators are fueled up, operable, and a safe distance from structures
- Never use a generator indoors. Ensure that they are used in well ventilated locations outside away from all doors, windows and vent openings
- Keep dryer vents clear of snow - Never go near downed wires. Contact emergency services immediately
- Keep fire hydrants clear of snow in the event of an emergency
- Keep flashlights and cellular phones charged
Hampton emergency services have increased staffing to respond to emergency situations. They are working closely with NH Department of Transportation, NH Department of Safety, NH Homeland Security and local utilities to ensure proper responses to the conditions.
In the event of heat loss during the storm, the Hampton Police Department will be used as a warming shelter. The Hampton Police Department is located at 100 Brown Avenue in Hampton.
For updated information during the storm, including road closures, please monitor the department’s social media pages as well as local news sources.
This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Hampton NH police urge residents to prepare for snowstorm, coastal flooding