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ALFRED, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With summer right around the corner, emergency officials in Maine are reminding people about the dangers of severe weather and the need to be prepared.

Officials say the biggest threat is for downed trees and power lines during the summer months, and it's important when outdoors to be equipped with a radio to listen to warnings, and to have extra supplies such as batteries, food, and water.

The National Weather Service says Maine has had17 tornadoes over the last three years, all the more reason to be prepared this summer.

"The good news about tornadoes in Maine is they tend to be rather small, they don't last very long. The bad news is because they are small and don't last very long, it's very hard for us to warn about tornadoes," John Jensenius with the National Weather Service said.

Emergency officials say taking severe weather warnings and watches seriously and taking appropriate action is necessary all throughout the summer months.

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