Heavy rain, strong wind, power outages to impact Maine

A look at the region as of 7:55 AM Wednesday shows winds increasing as the front approaches the state. The front is jamming up against high pressure anchored over the Atlantic. The result is a squeeze play that will bring heavy rain along with gusty winds over the region through Thursday.

Reports to Central Maine Power and Emera Maine have indicated close to 5,800 without power as of 8 AM. That number could rise, especially for the MidCoast and DownEast region.

Courtesy Weather.us

Gusty winds in excess of 40 miles per hour are expected at times across the state during the day. As the front stalls over the Gulf of Maine early Thursday, DownEast areas remain windy. Western and southern areas see the wind diminish slowly this afternoon into the evening.

With the front stalling out over eastern Maine, that is where the highest totals of rain will accumulate. A widespread area of Washington County down to around Bar Harbor could exceed 5″ of rainfall by the time it ends Friday morning.

Given the tropical nature of this system, locally higher amounts of rain are possible where heavy rain showers train.

Flash flooding, urban street flooding from leaf clogged drains, reduced visibility in heavy showers, flying debris are all possible land hazards.

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-Mike Haggett

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Forecast information supplied by Weather.us, WeatherTAP.com, the National Weather Service, WeatherBELL Analytics and AccuWeather Professional.

For official forecast information: please check in with National Weather Service Gray for Western & Southern Maine and National Weather Service Caribou for Eastern & Northern Maine.

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Mike Haggett

About Mike Haggett

As a Mainer for nearly five decades, Mike understands all too well the ever changing weather forecasts and surprises given the location and geography of the state. Spending much of his time as child outdoors fishing in all four seasons, keeping track of the weather was a must for personal safety. Living firsthand through the impacts of weather through many types of storms and phenomena, the idea came to mind for him to analyze it closer in 2011.