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October 24, 2005
For immediate release

ISLANDERS REMINDED TO PREPARE FOR HIGH WINDS AND RAIN ASSOCIATED WITH THE REMNANTS OF HURRICANE WILMA

Community and Cultural Affairs

The PEI Emergency Measures Organization reminds Islanders to prepare for severe weather, specifically high winds and rain, associated with the remnants of Hurricane Wilma.

According to Environment Canada, there is potential for hurricane-force wind gusts of 120 km/h along the immediate Atlantic Coastline Tuesday evening. Storm total rainfalls are expected to be in the 40 to 70 mm range. Wind gusts could result in power outages from broken tree branches.

In preparing for severe weather, Islanders should:

Make it a habit to listen to the local radio or television stations for the latest warnings and advisories. Environment Canada will issue updates on a regular basis.

Make sure you have a battery-powered radio on hand as electricity can fail during a severe storm.

Secure everything that might be blown around or torn loose indoors and outdoors. Flying objects such as garbage cans and lawn furniture can injure people and damage property.

To learn more about being prepared for severe weather or other emergencies, please visit the PEI Emergency Measures Organization website at www.peiemo.ca or contact our office at (902) 888-8050.

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Media Contact: Jennifer MacLeod
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