The projected trajectory of hurricane Henri. Credit: CBS 13

The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch and storm surge watch along the coast of Connecticut and Massachusetts, and warns that Maine may see strong surf, dangerous surf conditions and heavy rain.

Henri was downgraded to a tropical storm Sunday, and had top winds of 70 mph in a 7 a.m. EDT update from the U.S. National Hurricane Center, just shy of hurricane status.

The National Hurricane Center warns that the winds from Henri can create dangerous surf conditions, as well as rip currents along the coast line.

A High Surf Advisory is in effect from noon Sunday until 8 a.m. Monday for coastal Down East.  Maine will see scattered rain showers into the region, specifically across the coast.  Meanwhile, the northern regions will see cloudy skies with warm, humid conditions, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou.

Wind gusts are predicted to be 30 mph along the southern coast of Maine and bands of heavy rain are expected Sunday through Tuesday, according to NWS Gray.

The storm is expected to decrease in intensity as it approaches New England.

The last hurricane to not only make landfall but also cause significant destruction in Maine was Hurricane Bob, which caused widespread damage and power outages across southern, central and midcoast Maine 30 years ago, between Aug. 19 and 20, 1991.

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Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.