December 13, 2017
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High winds, minor coastal flooding predicted late Tuesday for Maine coast

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
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Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Offshore wind gusts of almost 40 mph drive waves against the rocks at the foot of Portland Headlight in Cape Elizabeth in this January 2017 file photo. High winds predicted for much of the Maine coast overnight on Tuesday have resulted in wind and coastal flooding advisories from the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service is predicting the tropical-storm strength wind gusts in eastern Maine on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning could result in power outages.

The NWS office in Caribou issued a wind advisory Tuesday afternoon for much of eastern Maine, roughly from the Bangor area east to Calais and coastal areas in between. Winds of 20 to 30 mph, with wind gusts up to 55 mph, are expected for the area from around 9 p.m. Tuesday until 7 a.m Wednesday.

The NWS office in Gray issued a similar advisory for Knox and coastal Waldo counties. Wind speeds between 39 mph and 73 mph are considered to have the force of a tropical storm.

“Damaging winds will blow down trees and possibly a few power lines,” the Caribou advisory indicates. “Widespread power outages are possible. Travel will be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.”

A coastal flooding advisory also was issued for the New Hampshire coast and along the Maine coast as far east as Belfast from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wind-driven seas could result in storm surge of a foot to a foot and a half, or 12 to 18 inches, above expected high tide levels.

“Splash-over and beach erosion can be expected around the time of high tide,” forecasters wrote in the flooding advisory.

High tide is expected to occur from the New Hampshire coast to Penobscot Bay between roughly midnight and 1 a.m. Wednesday.

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