There was plenty of rain in Maine this previous weekend — and it’s not stopping anytime quickly.
A number of counties skilled greater than 2 inches of rain in simply two days, in accordance with information from the Nationwide Climate Service. Southern Maine even skilled a twister watch on Sunday, which is uncommon for the realm, however no tornadoes touched down.
Heat air coming from the south is bringing the massive quantities of rain to Maine this July, stated Stephen Baron, meteorologist for the Nationwide Climate Service workplace in Grey. Rainfall quantities are about an inch larger already than regular quantities, and a few locations in Maine noticed greater than 4 inches of rain this previous weekend, together with in Mount Katahdin, North Porter and Bethel.
The areas with essentially the most rainfall, together with the Bangor area and the central highlands, are nonetheless at a flash flood threat, stated Louise Fode, warning coordination meteorologist for the Nationwide Climate Service workplace in Caribou. Baron stated southern Maine can also be in danger for flash flooding. As the nice and cozy southern air retains coming, so will the rain, saturating the soil extra and resulting in an elevated threat.
The main rivers aren’t actually vulnerable to flooding, Fode stated, and there ought to be a break within the rain for the subsequent few days. After that break although, Baron stated fashions have predicted increasingly more rain coming.
Each Baron and Fode burdened that Mainers mustn’t drive by means of flood waters. The roads might be broken beneath, and swift-moving water may sweep away a automobile.
“Flip round, don’t drown,” Baron stated.
Jules Walkup is a Report for America corps member. Extra assist for this reporting is supplied by BDN readers.