With the city of Lowell, Massachusetts close to the projected path of Hurricane Irene, the Lowell city government sent out an email to residents and businesses on its email list with some advice. Please heed the city’s advice and stay safe during this bad storm:

“Please bring in your patio furniture, umbrellas, planters and anything that can be picked up by the wind.

Please stay tuned to the National Weather service and do not attempt to open your store or have employees report to work in this inclement weather!”

At the present time, the National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Central Middlesex County in Massachusetts, including Lowell.

According to the Weather.com website, this means:

.SITUATION OVERVIEW… HURRICANE IRENE CONTINUES TO MOVE NORTH NORTHEAST AND WILL AFFECT THE REGION TONIGHT AND ESPECIALLY SUNDAY. BASED ON THE CURRENT FORECAST TRACK… PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND SHOULD PREPARE FOR A PERIOD OF STRONG TO DAMAGING WINDS… HEAVY RAINFALL AND THE LIKELIHOOD FOR COASTAL FLOODING.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE SOUTH COAST OF RHODE ISLAND AND SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS ON SUNDAY. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ARE EXPECTED FOR THE REMAINDER OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND ON SUNDAY. THESE WIND SPEEDS WILL LIKELY PRODUCE WIDESPREAD DAMAGE WITH DOWNED TREES AND POWER OUTAGES.

THE POSSIBILITY EXISTS FOR 5 TO 10 INCHES OF RAINFALL ACROSS INTERIOR SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND… WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS ACROSS THE EAST SLOPES OF THE BERKSHIRES. THEREFORE A FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR MOST OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. SEE LATEST FORECAST FOR LATEST INFORMATION. LISTEN FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS FOR YOUR LOCATION… AND BE READY TO ACT IF FLOODING RAINS OCCUR.

.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR THOSE UNDER A WARNING… NOW IS THE TIME TO RUSH TO COMPLETION PREPARATIONS FOR THE PROTECTION OF LIFE AND PROPERTY. EVACUATE IF DIRECTED TO DO SO BY LOCAL OFFICIALS… OR IF YOUR HOME IS VULNERABLE TO HIGH WINDS OR FLOODING.

The city also recommends that residents and business owners get more hurricane and storm safety tips from the American Red Cross MA Office of Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Please stay safe during this storm.