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LIVE BLOG: Hurricane Irene Crashes Into the Area

Stick with Patch as we report on the hurricane's toll , and your neighbors check in with localized damage reports.

With Irene bearing down on the area, Patch will live blog throughout Sunday to keep residents up to date with new alerts, warnings and other news from local officials, the state's emergency management agency, the National Weather Service and more. More importantly, we'll receive reports from Patch editors in our neighborhoods as we all weather the storm.

Most of all, we want to hear from you. Tell us about any damage in your neighborhood. Are there trees down? Is the street flooded? What are you doing while you wait out the storm. Your reports and your stories are critical information for your neighbors. Keep 'em coming!

If you can't see our live blog, please go to http://www.coveritlive.com/ and keep up with Patch updates there (or download the coveritlive app.)

Anna (Ace) Foulds August 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM
So far, we have lost power in this part of Reading for about 25 minutes. It was back on at 8:07. The rain is heavy right now and the wind gusts off and on.
Jacquelyn August 28, 2011 at 01:08 PM
what part of reading? I am by Erics greenhouse
Sabrina August 28, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Power was out around 7:30am near Hunt Park/Eaton St. Heard trucks clearing tree, power was back within 20 mins.
Matt M. Casey August 28, 2011 at 01:45 PM
For anyone who didn't receive this by email: Hurricane Irene is expected to be a less significant Tropical Storm later this afternoon when it passes through Reading. There will be about 2-3 more inches of rain and strong wind gusts with intermittent power outages. Reading's Emergency Operations Center is open and fully staffed with the Town's Emergency Team; Reading Municipal Light, Reading Public Works and Public Safety have additional staffing on duty in order to be able to respond to any developments. Following are some useful phone numbers: Please do not call in to report power outages unless: > an occupant faces a medical difficulty - please call 911 if so > you suspect the cause of the outage (tree fell across power lines) 781-944-1340 to Reading Municipal Light to report downed power lines or other visible damage 781-942-9092 to Public Works to report flooding or tree damage 781-944-1212 to Police for non-emergencies 911 to report any emergencies If you need or have information and are unsure what number to use, please call the non-emergency Police number at 781-944-1212
Jim Morse August 28, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Irene took a large tree down on West St in Medford today. Also, many large branches are coming down. Be careful! http://medford.patch.com/blog_posts/irene-taking-down-trees-in-medford
Fred Van Magness Sr. August 28, 2011 at 07:24 PM
We all need to appreciate the professionalism and hard work of the entire Town workforce....Police, Fire, DPW, and especially the RMLD in situations like this. The town certainly has its collective act together. We lost power around 9 this am...out for about 90 minutes, but the RMLD was on scene within 20 minutes. A superb effort by all involved. Have seen numerous DPW trucks moving about with trees that have fallen and they are luging them to the compost center. Again, a huge thank you to what these people do every day.
Amanda August 28, 2011 at 10:05 PM
I had a big limb of a tree crushing the back window and trunk of my car and denting the front of the other car in the driveway in Stoneham. I called a window replacement company but it had been busy all day. We put a tarp over it so the rain did not get in. What a mess to clean up
Dave Miskinis August 28, 2011 at 11:30 PM
No power outage. No water in the basement. Leaves and small twigs in the yard. Another false alarm, agitated by media hype.
Daniel DeMaina (Editor) August 29, 2011 at 12:38 AM
Glad to hear everything's OK at your place Dave. However, putting aside what happened elsewhere in the country, with a half a million Massachusetts residents currently without electricity, I'd hesitate to call it a false alarm.
Joe Veno August 29, 2011 at 12:56 AM
Daniel hope you are all OK. Dave say's it was nothing more than a media hype. Some people just do not appreciate it when they catch a break...
peter lucci August 29, 2011 at 01:27 AM
False alarm my eye, try telling that to the thousands who have incurred property damage, power outages, etc. You sound like your typical self-centered / all about me individual, happy that you came out of this unscathed. Just keep blaming the media for everything, Dave, I'm sure that it makes you feel better.
Jan Paulsen August 29, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Safe at home on top of BeaconHill on a street that is protected from East and North winds, I thought that the storm was not amounting to much -- until I turned on the TV news! I also checked on FB and some friends and family had experienced impact from the storm. Today I am looking at news photos of fallen trees only a couple of blocks away from home. Amazing how a storm like that can cause so much havoc on one street and none on the next, isnt it?
Susan Bratton August 29, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Do we know if the city of Medford (the tree city) will be sending trucks around to pick up the fallen branches and leaves from their trees or do we have to wait until September for a leaf pick up day and hope our pile passes inspection to be taken?

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