- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - Police in Bangor are seeing no snow but a flurry of comments on their Facebook post advising neighbors to the south on how to properly cope with a storm.

Key advice includes opting for the sugary cereal instead of bread, buying gas for the generator and not running said generator indoors. On the latter point, which can result in deadly carbon monoxide filling the house, Bangor police note that people do try this but “usually only one time.”

As of Saturday, the post had received more than 80,000 hits and hundreds of likes.

The post is as a letter addressed to “Dear Mid-Atlantic of these United States of America,” and in particular the people who vacation in Maine each summer and leave with “lobster traps on your roof and pine cones in your carry-ons.”

“Down deep, you feel sorry for us. You know that we will be moving snowbanks, raking our roof, smashing ice dams off the shingles and stoking the wood stove with the dollar bills that you left behind,” it reads. Then goes on to offer advice to those caught in the big snowstorm to the south.

It instructs people to pace themselves shoveling to avoid injuring backs, arms and legs. “You always wonder why we all walk funny. It is not because of the clam chowder,” the author quips.

The storm, it notes, is great excuse to buy sugary cereals.

Practical advice includes being sure to stock up on flashlights, batteries and gas for the generator, noting, “You look stupid trying to start a generator with no gas in it.”

The message was posted just after 8 p.m. Thursday, less than 24 hours before Emera Maine utility crews were dispatched to Delaware to help with anticipated widespread power outages.

Reassurances in the Facebook post abound.

“You will be fine. We drink lots of coffee and complain when we get hit like this storm. It works ok. It makes us grouchy but that’s why you come here in the summer. To hear stories from grumpy Mainers who sell lobster traps. Now, you will have some of your own to share with us when you get back.”

It ends with, “The men and women of the Bangor Police Department are rooting for you. You got this.”

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