The drought conditions that have been intensifying through the spring and summer will be halted across parts of the region as the remnants of Tropical Storm Elsa deliver multiple inches of rainfall to parts of New England Friday.

Elsa took shape in the Caribbean last week before making landfall in Cuba and then again in Florida through the weekend and into the early week. The storm then tracked up the East Coast, eventually arriving off the coast of New England as it transitioned from a Tropical Storm to a Post Tropical Storm over colder waters. This has brought along rich tropical moisture that will result in multiple inches of rain across southern Maine before the storm clears east heading into the weekend.

Rain began falling Thursday night and picked up in intensity Friday morning across the Midcoast with heavy bands of rain moving onshore through the afternoon as the center of the storm tracked through southern New England then east across the northern Gulf of Maine. Rainfall totals are expected to range from 2 to 4 inches across southern Maine with rainfall rates exceeding 1 inch per hour at times. Rain will come to an end early Friday night followed by clearing for the weekend.

The combination of torrential rain over a short period of time has resulted in flood watches and warnings across southern Maine. Ponding of water is expected and can make travel dangerous,

Amid flood watches, this pond formed on the Waldo Avenue exit ramp off the Belfast bypass, swamping a car shortly after 6 p.m. July 9. Photo by Carolyn Zachary

especially in low-lying areas. By 6 p.m. Friday, residents reported that Perkins Road “had a river running over it,” with some washouts. On the Belfast bypass, a pond formed on the exit ramp to Waldo Avenue, stranding a motorist.

Rivers and streams are expected to rise following the heavy rain Saturday, then subside into Sunday. Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

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