The City of Westbrook will be opening Westbrook High School to function as a shelter this weekend, available for anyoe who needs it during the arrival of Hurricane Irene.

The storm is expected to hit western Maine starting late Saturday night. Westbrook Public Safety Director Michael Pardue said Friday that the city will open the school at 7 p.m. Saturday night.

The school will be equipped with cots, blankets, food and other basic provisions, but Pardue encouraged anyone staying at the shelter to bring any required prescription medications.

Pardue said the school will also be setting up provisions to accommodate pets. Anyone looking for more information may call 854-0644.

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