Rain and wind will move through Tuesday night as Hurricane Isaias gets here. Power failures are possible, but the storm will be quick-moving.
MAINE, USA– As Isaias begins going up the east coast, a Hurricane Watch has
been issued for central and southern Maine. While it might sound alarming, this does not imply the forecast has changed in a huge way. The storm will be moving rapidly through here Tuesday night. It just indicates hurricane force wind gusts are now expected for us as Isaias passes through. Some tree damage and power outages will happen.
The heaviest rain will fall in the mountains of western Maine into New Hampshire. As the center of the storm moves across New England, gusty winds out of the southeast are expected for much of the state. For the majority of, the wind gusts will peak between 35 and 45 miles per hour. However near the coast, some gusts closer to 50 mph are anticipated. I’m only anticipating a short period of prospective damaging gusts – probably a couple of hours overnight Tuesday night.
Undoubtedly, the stronger the gusts get, the more power outages there will be. At this moment, I do not expect blackouts to the scale we have actually seen in some of our recent wind storms. But we know a southeast wind can trigger concerns, so it’s wise to prepare in case you are impacted.
Tropical moisture will show up far ahead of Isaias on Tuesday. We’ll have spread showers and storms. It doesn’t appear like it will be a washout, but there will be some rain at times, particularly in western Maine. Eastern Maine will be mainly dry on Tuesday.
The bulk of the rain comes overnight Tuesday night. The least rain is anticipated Downeast, in reality some spots may only see a 1/2″ or less. The most rain is anticipated in the hills and mountains, where some spots could see closer to 4″. Because the storm is moving so quickly, the hazard of widespread flooding is low. There could be some flash flooding of bad drainage locations however, particularly in mountain valleys.
I’m optimistic the quick forward speed of the storm indicates we’ll see improvements quickly on Wednesday. For the majority of, the rain will be ending during the morning and the sun will return. Afternoon temperatures will be in the 80s, with high humidity.
Stay with us for updates over the next few days.
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