World News – USA – Warm, windy and humid Christmas forecast for the Central Maine region


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Communities across Central Maine can expect more than two inches of rain and gusts of wind of up to 50 mph. Officials say floods and blackouts are possible.

Warm, windy, and wet conditions will prevail in central Maine this Christmas, with the possibility of power outages and flooding.

« We expect a little more than 5 cm of rain, in higher altitudes there will even be a little more, » said Michael Clair, forecasters for the National Weather Service in Grau, on Thursday. « We also expect gusts of wind of 45 to 50 miles per hour. ”

One of the main problems with the storm is melting snow, which could lead to flooding, Clair said.

In Waterville, the fire department advised people near the Kennebec River to park offshore and at higher elevations.

« One thing we can expect from this storm is a lot of melting snow, and we have flood concerns due to the combination of rain and melting snow, » Clair said Thursday. “It will take a large part of the day tomorrow until it ends in the afternoon. ”

In Augusta, city officials prepared for wind damage to contain fallen trees and wires that could cause power outages and a major rain event. The rain and snowmelt bring the possibility of local flooding, said Lesley Jones, public works director, in a memo to other city officials. She said the Kennebec River could also flood into the Front Street parking lot, as it has in similar winter storms in the past. Officials asked local residents and business owners to prepare for the weather event by making sure they have what they need to weather a cold weather blackout with only about eight hours of daylight.

Front Street in downtown Augusta should be closed to parking at 9:00 p.m.. m. Thursday. According to Augusta Police Department, water should rise at the north end of the Front Street parking lot warning that abandoned vehicles could be towed.

The National Weather Service released a « Flood Watch » for parts of Maine from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon.

According to a statement from the Maine Emergency Management Agency, people should prepare for potential power outages on Christmas Day. « The timing of the storm is not good, but people still have to prepare for a possible power outage and poor driving conditions, » said MEMA director Peter Rogers in a prepared statement.

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World News – USA – Warm, windy, wet Christmas forecast for Central Maine


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