Tropical Storm Lee sparks coastal flood warning for Maine

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The tropical storm is expected to cause coastal flooding in the northeastern U.S., despite it not making landfall in the area.

Coastal flooding is a possibility as Lee skirts the shores of Maine. The Maine Emergency Management Agency has forecast that Lee will"pass through the eastern Gulf of Maine today, with increasing confidence in strong, gusty winds along the coast and into the interior of Maine as well as coastal splash-over impacts from a building swell and some surge." The MEMA has also said that heavy rain will be confined to Downeast Maine.

The National Hurricane Center 's excessive rainfall outlook says the risk of flash flooding ranges from 5 percent to 15 percent across the northwest of the state. Houlton, Presque Isle and Baxter State Park have a slight chance of flash floods, while Newport, Bangor and Dover-Foxcroft have a marginal chance of floods.

Tropical Storm Lee excessive rainfall outlook. Heavy rain and strong winds are expected in the coastal regions of Maine throughout Saturday.The National Weather Service predicts heavy rain for a large portion of northwest Maine. As of Saturday morning, warnings are in place for Belfast, Portland, Skowhegan, Portsmouth, Waldo, and Bath, among others.


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