The Maine Emergency Management Agency urges Mainers to put safety foremost as a mixed bag of dangerous weather will continue to affect the state into the weekend.

“The National Weather Service has issued watches, warnings and
advisories on conditions including street and small stream flooding in southern and central areas, high winds, coastal flooding at times of high tide, and heavy snowfall in the mountains,” MEMA Director Rob McAleer said Thursday. “It’s critical to stay tuned to National Weather Service and local forecasts for your area, because the hazards will be different depending on where you are.”

A flood watch has been issued for Waldo County and western Knox County.

With the heavy rains overnight in the Midcoast, the National Weather Service is reporting rainfall at about three inches in the Midcoast with heavy rain continuing to move inland Thursday afternoon.

Waldo County Emergency Management Agency Director Dale Rowley said a few roads around the county were temporarily closed this morning due to flooding, but all have since reopened. A portion of Route 3 was closed and there was some partial road flooding in Morrill, he said.

East to northeast winds will increase this afternoon and become strong and gusty this evening. During that time wind gusts may exceed 55 mph, particularly along the coast, according to NWA.

As of Thursday morning utilities were already reporting scattered power outages in areas hit by heavy, wet snow. With high winds predicted for Thursday afternoon and evening, power outages are expected to increase.

MEMA, county emergency management agencies, utilities and state response agencies were briefed by the National Weather Service in a conference call earlier today.

“Emergency managers and utilities statewide have put response
contingency plans together for the next few days, and individuals,
families and businesses should, too.” McAleer said.

Mainers are reminded to:

• Monitor weather forecasts closely for expected conditions in their area;

• Stay clear of flooded roadways. Respect all barricades and report flooded areas to local officials;

• Use extreme care driving in wintry conditions. Stay off the roads if possible;

• If the power goes out, use generators and alternative heat sources safely. Never run a generator in a basement or attached garage. Carbon monoxide poisoning may result;

• Continue to keep roofs clear of snow. Snowfall may be heavy and wet. Make sure heating system vents are clear also, to prevent carbon monoxide from backing up in the home;

• Protect outside oil tanks from snow and ice falling from the roof. Serious oil spills can result;

• Check on neighbors, family and friends who may need special assistance to clear snow and to weather the storm.