PORTLAND (AP) — The worst of a powerful storm that’s been moving across Maine is drawing to a close.

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.

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

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.

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