North Country
4:55 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Worrying About Hurricane Sandy, White Mountain National Forest Urges Caution

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR
Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

With the possibility of a severe storm hitting the state early next week officials of the White Mountain National Forest are issuing a warning to hikers.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

It’s not clear yet whether Hurricane Sandy will hit New Hampshire early next week.

But officials at the White Mountain National Forest, aren’t taking any chances, says spokeswoman Tiffany Benna.

Starting Sunday and going through Wednesday people are being urged to stay out of the more remote areas known as the backcountry.

“The concern in the backcountry is it takes time to get back there and so being caught out there is extremely dangerous.”

Hazards could range from flooding to falling trees.

Last year, when it was clear that Tropical Storm Irene would strike the area, officials closed the White Mountain National Forest.

But Benna said at this point there is no plan to do so.

However, officials are keeping an eye on the storm.

For NHPR News this is Chris Jensen