Heavy rain, gusty winds, power outages likely for much of Maine on Wednesday

A fast-moving cold front will bring heavy rainfall and high winds early Wednesday.The rain and wind will arrive before daybreak and move out quickly during the afternoon.The wind is the biggest threat, with power outages possible. There is a moderate threat of power outages for much of southern, central, Midcoast and eastern Maine.The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for coastal York County, much of Cumberland County and all of Androscoggin, Kennebec, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties from 6 a.m. until noon Wednesday.A high wind warning has been issued for coastal Downeast Maine.Wind gusts of more than 40 mph are likely. Gusts to 50 mph are possible, especially along the Midcoast.Winds off shore will be more than 65 mph.Rainfall totals will be near an inch at the coast and closer to 2 inches inland. The rain is good news for the state, which faces severe to extreme drought conditions, but more rain is needed to end the drought.

A fast-moving cold front will bring heavy rainfall and high winds early Wednesday.

The rain and wind will arrive before daybreak and move out quickly during the afternoon.

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The wind is the biggest threat, with power outages possible. There is a moderate threat of power outages for much of southern, central, Midcoast and eastern Maine.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for coastal York County, much of Cumberland County and all of Androscoggin, Kennebec, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties from 6 a.m. until noon Wednesday.

A high wind warning has been issued for coastal Downeast Maine.

Power outage threat Wednesday

Wind gusts of more than 40 mph are likely. Gusts to 50 mph are possible, especially along the Midcoast.

Wednesday wind forecast

Winds off shore will be more than 65 mph.

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Rainfall totals will be near an inch at the coast and closer to 2 inches inland.

The rain is good news for the state, which faces severe to extreme drought conditions, but more rain is needed to end the drought.