A Bangor Public Works employee pulls leaves from a storm drain, after heavy rains caused Broadway to flood in October 2021. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

Heavy rainfall is expected to sweep across the state late Thursday evening and into Friday morning, prompting a flood warning that spreads across the state.

Two to 3 inches of rain could fall over a period of about 12 hours, with higher quantities possible in localized areas, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service. Up to 6 inches of rain could fall in the western mountains.

Due to the high quantity of precipitation, flash flooding is likely, with fallen leaves and other debris expected to clog storm drains and increase risk of flooding in urban areas. Road washouts are also possible, and travelers are warned to exercise caution when on roadways,

High wind gusts are also likely, with the possibility for fallen branches and power outages overnight on Thursday. Forecasters expect southeast gusts of 20 to 30 mph, with isolated gusts reaching up to 50 mph.

Rainy conditions are expected to continue through Saturday, although only 1 or 2 inches of rainfall are expected over the remainder of the weekend.

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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.