Weather service issues flood alerts as heavy rain hits state

Posted Aug. 13, 2014, at 8:44 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 13, 2014, at 11:42 a.m.

GRAY, Maine — Heavy rain is expected to push throughout the state Wednesday and the National Weather Service says flooding could result.

Oxford County is currently under a flash flood watch while a coastal flood advisory has been issued for coastal York and Cumberland counties.

According to the weather service, the storm system is expected to track across the state throughout the day and spread heavy rain. Between one and three inches of rain are expected.

Pockets of beach erosion could cause coastal flooding along communities in York and Cumberland counties.

Heavy rain was expected to move into Franklin, Somerset, Waldo, Kennebec, Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Penobscot counties later Wednesday, according to the weather service, along with Aroostook, Somerset, Piscataquis, Washington and Hancock counties.

The weather service expects rain to subside by the middle of Wednesday afternoon across central and Down East Maine while northern and western Maine could see rain into Thursday evening.