Heavy winds, rain continue to hit Maine

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The worst of a powerful storm that’s been moving across Maine will soon draw to a close but not before causing more heavy rain.

Mike Kistner from the National Weather Service says winds gusting to 35 mph on the coast and higher offshore will continue throughout the day Thursday, along with heavy rain.

The NWS forecasts another 1 to 2 inches of rain today in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties — where a flood watch is in effect through Thursday evening. The cumulative effect of this week’s rain could cause streams and rivers to reach their banks.

The NWS says a flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based upon forecasts.

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But the storm will begin dying down by Friday, when there will be scattered showers for most of the state.

Central Maine Power reported on its website Thursday afternoon more than 1,000 customers, including 569 in York County, were without power, while Emera Maine checked in at 382 outages shortly after 1 p.m.

Before it ends, the storm is expected to dump up to 5 inches of rain on the state. Gov. Paul LePage urged motorists to stay aware of conditions and respect road and beach closures.

Information from The Associated Press and Bangor Daily News was used in this report.

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