Flooding, possible tornado reported as storm strikes Maine

A tree fell in front of a home in York on Tuesday as a storm ripped through Maine.
Beth Jones | WGME
A tree fell in front of a home in York on Tuesday as a storm ripped through Maine.
Posted July 15, 2014, at 8:32 p.m.
Last modified July 15, 2014, at 9:53 p.m.
A man crosses Main Street in Bangor during a downpour Tuesday morning. Periods of heavy rain soaked the region during the day and night with more rain and thunderstorms expected through Wednesday night.
A man crosses Main Street in Bangor during a downpour Tuesday morning. Periods of heavy rain soaked the region during the day and night with more rain and thunderstorms expected through Wednesday night. Buy Photo

BANGOR, Maine — Although tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings for parts of Maine expired early Tuesday evening, flash flood warnings and watches remained in effect for parts of Aroostook, Penobscot, Somerset, Hancock, Piscataquis and Washington counties, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service’s Doppler radar indicated a possible tornado in Farmington, but that has yet to be confirmed, meteorologist James Brown of the weather service’s Gray office said Tuesday night.

Showers, thunderstorms and heavy downpours were forecast for Tuesday into Wednesday, according to the weather service, with 1 to 3 inches of rain expected.

The weather service said weather alerts remain in effect through Thursday morning. Rapid rises in water levels were expected in Oxford, Somerset, Piscataquis, Penobscot, Aroostook, Washington and Hancock counties.

Residents should be prepared to take action should flash flooding occur.

As of 8 p.m., flooding had been reported in Anson, where Main Street was reduced to one lane. Temple Route 43 in Farmington also was reduced to one lane because of flooding, according to the Maine Department of Transportation.

 

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