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State warns hikers, paddlers to beware of hurricane

August 25, 2011
By MIKE LYNCH - Outdoors Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is urging hikers, paddlers and other recreation users to stay out of the backcountry on Sunday and Monday in anticipation of Hurricane Irene hitting the Adirondacks.

"Hurricane Irene is expected to generate extremely high winds and heavy rainfalls which could result in flooding, heavy erosion of trails, falling trees and limbs and, possibly, landslides on steep slopes," the DEC said Thursday in its weekly Northway Bulletin, a report that describes backcountry conditions.

Hurricane Irene is a Category 2 storm and reportedly has winds in excess of 100 mph.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already declared a state of emergency because of the storm.



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