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As the Town of Bel Air continues to deal with the extreme wind conditions, below are recent emergency notifications for individuals that may have subscribed to "Civic Plus - News Flash" and may not have access to other forms of social media. The Town of Bel Air Department of Public Works and the Bel Air Police Department are deployed and doing their best to keep the roads open and stabilizing the situation within Bel Air:
MESSAGE #1: EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION FROM HARFORD COUNTY DIVISION OF EMERGENCY OPERATIONS: Due to the widespread power outages in the county and temperatures dropping tonight, we are opening a County Shelter at 2301 Carrs Mill Road in Fallston for those citizens needing a place to stay warm. The shelter will open at 9 PM this evening. Thanks and Be Safe
MESSAGE #2: EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION: High Winds and Power Outages: Everyone, as you are aware from recent Harford County Department of Emergency Operations notifications, we are experiencing a high wind event (message below). Currently, we are experiencing power outages/interuptions. The Bel Air Police Department wants to remind citizens of the following: Exercise extreme caution while approaching intersections with non-functioning signals. All operators are obligated to come to a complete stop at an intersection with non-functioning traffic signals and then proceed with caution. Be mindful of Department of Public Works personnel and police officers directing traffic at intersections experiencing power outages and removing debris from the roadway. The Bel Air Police Department may place temporary stop signs and other traffic directional devices at intersections experiencing outages. Exercise caution.
Thank your for your patience.
MESSAGE #3: Earlier message from Harford County Department of Emergency Operations: High Wind Warning issued March 2 at 11:58AM EST expiring March 3 at 6:00AM EST by NWS Baltimore MD/Washington DC* TIMING...Through tonight. * WINDS...Northwest 25 to 40 mph with gusts 55 to 70 mph. The strongest winds will be through this evening. * IMPACTS...Widespread power outages are occurring. Travel is dangerous, especially for high profile vehicles, and motorists need to be aware of rapidly changing road conditions due to the potential of downed trees and power lines. Pedestrians will face very hazardous conditions, and need to be aware of wind-borne projectiles. People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your homes during the windstorm, and avoid windows. If you use a portable generator, follow manufacturer's instructions and do not use inside homes, garages, or apartments. A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is occurring. Gusts over 60 mph will lead to widespread damage. Northern Baltimore; Northwest Harford; Southern Baltimore; Southeast Harford