National Weather Service ups wind forecast, predicts damaging winds along coast with impending storm

Mon, 11/30/2020 - 4:15pm
    The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is gearing up for a powerful storm that is expected to bring strong winds and heavy rain to the state, possibly causing power outages.
    "We are monitoring this storm closely and working with our partners at the state, county and local levels to ensure readiness," said MEMA Director Peter Rogers, in a noontime news release.

    The National Weather Service predicts damaging winds, especially along the coast. A high wind warning is in effect from 8 p.m. this evening until 4 p.m., Tuesday, December 1, 2020 with gusts up to 60 mph. Minor splashover is possible in vulnerable low-lying spots along the coast around the time of high tide late this evening, especially along coastal Washington and Hancock counties.

    In anticipation of potential power outages, Mainers are reminded to take the following steps when using a generator:

    - NEVER use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.

    - Follow the instructions that come with your generator. Locate the unit outdoors and at least 15 feet away from doors, windows, and vents that could allow CO to come indoors. Make sure the generator's exhaust is directed away from doors, windows, and vents.

    - Install battery-operated CO alarms or plug-in CO alarms with battery back-up in your home, according to the manufacturers instructions. CO alarms should be certified to the requirements of the latest safety standards (UL 2034, IAS 6-96, or CSA 6.19.01). Test batteries monthly.

    The State Emergency Operations Center remains operational seven days a week and is responding to resource needs of the county emergency management agencies related to COVID-19 as well as storm events.

    Detailed Forecast

    This Afternoon
    Rain. Patchy dense fog before 2pm. High near 52. Breezy, with a southeast wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
    Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Patchy fog. Low around 52. Windy, with a south wind 25 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
    Showers. High near 55. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
    Tuesday Night
    A 30 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 38. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. South wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.