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Friday nor’easter expected to bring strong winds, coastal flooding

Scarborough PD photo | BDN
Scarborough PD photo | BDN
A Scarborough Police Department cruiser was parked on Sawyer Street near the Cape Elizabeth town line after the road was closed due to coastal flooding in this Jan. 5 file photo.
By Charlie Lopresti, CBS 13

A late week nor’easter is expected to bring strong winds and coastal flooding.

The track of Friday’s storm is still uncertain, which is unusual a few days out.

Its track has implications on how much rain/mix/snow Maine will see, and also the strength of the wind.

Even with low pressure tracking several hundred miles south of Maine, winds will likely be an issue.

Coastal regions will experience the strongest winds with gusts 40 to 50 miles per hour. That should be enough to cause some power outages.

Coastal flooding looks to be almost a certainty.

Tides are running astronomically high late week.

The combination of the moon cycle and the powerful storm, should provide flooding along the Maine and New Hampshire coast around the times of high tides Friday.

Minor to moderate flooding is expected.

Here are the tides we’ll be watching:

— Friday – 11:07 a.m. 11.2′ (This will be the most significant tide)

— Friday – 11:38 p.m. 10.5′

— Saturday – 11:58 a.m. 11.0′

Clouds may have a hard time breaking up over the weekend and winds will remain strong as well.

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