Expect Heavy Rain Across Downeast Maine As Elsa Passes Through
Looks like we're going to get wet.
The National Weather Service informs us that what's left of Tropical Storm Elsa will pass through the Gulf of Maine while dumping 2-3 inches of rain across the coast from Portland to Eastport.
Some of the heaviest periods of rainfall could produce flash flooding which may be reminiscent of what occurred in early June, destroying culverts and wiping out roads in places like Roque Bluffs and Gouldsboro.
Tropical Storm Elsa which terrorized Florida's Gulf coast earlier this week will move across Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia today, before then making its way back to the Atlantic early Friday morning where it will strengthen again somewhat, producing winds up to 39 mph. Elsa will then be in the New York City area early Friday morning. What's left of Elsa will then move into the Gulf of Maine throughout the day Friday and into Friday night.
Rain is expected tonight along with the threat of a thunderstorm in both the Bangor and Downeast areas. Then, the rain will mix with showers and thunderstorms throughout the day on Friday and then into Friday night. Some of the thunderstorms could produce very heavy rains so driving could become hazardous quickly.
The National Weather Service may issue a Flash Flood Watch if the situation is warranted.
Things will shape up here in Maine for the weekend with partly sunny skies expected Saturday with a high temperature of 78. Then, mostly sunny on Sunday with maybe a late-day shower and a high of 81.
While it may be very wet throughout Friday here in Maine, the rain continues to be much needed as most of our area of the state continues to experience a moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.