Hurricane Irene is expected to move up the East Coast and into Southern New England by Sunday, Aug. 28.

While the track is uncertain, the forecast calls for heavy rain of 3 to 8 inches across northern New England along with wind gusts of 45 to 65 mph near the coast. The heavy rain may lead to flooding in low lying areas and along creek, streams, and rivers.

A storm surge is expected to combine with a high astronomical tide to cause coastal flooding along the coastline of Western Maine and New Hampshire near the time of high tide Sunday night.

Very rough seas, combined with the storm surge, will bring the potential for destruction in vulnerable areas on the coast, according to the National Weather Service.

Mariners across the Midcoast have been busy pulling their boats in preparation for the storm.