Governor Mills Urges Mainers to Prepare for Upcoming Winter Storm


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Governor Janet T. Mills (D), the first woman governor of Maine and it’s first woman AG and the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) are urging Mainers to prepare for rain, high winds, coastal flooding and freezing temperatures ahead of the major incoming winter storm in a press release issued this morning by Ben Goodman, of her  Augusta office.

The National Weather Service reports that beginning late Thursday (today) heavy rain and snow melt in western Maine will lead to potential widespread flooding with numerous road closures possible.  Precipitation will begin as snow in the mountains before changing to rain late Friday morning.  Snow melt south of the mountains will lead to widespread minor flooding during the day on Friday with potential river flooding lasting into the weekend.  Erosion is possible along the coast with potential damage to roads on exposed low-lying shorelines.  High winds with gusts of up to 60 mph could damage trees, power lines, and property.  Widespread power outages are likely.  Temperatures will drop sharply Friday night into Saturday morning, making for unsafe driving conditions on Saturday due to flash freeze along roadways.

With strong winds in the forecast, Mainers should remove objects in their yard that could become airborne, such as holiday decorations, shovels and garbage cans on decks and porches.  Warming centers are opening in several Maine counties.  Please visit MEMA’s website to find a location near you.

“Now is the time to prepare for this major storm,” said MEMA Director Peter Rogers.  “Many folks will be traveling for the holidays in the next few days.  So, plan ahead and be safe.  We all need to be prepared for the possiility of a multi-day response.”

“We are strongly urging all Maine people to prepare for this major storm,” said Governor Mills.  “Please take every precaution to protect yourself, exercise caution when traveling, and check on your family, friends and neighbors.  We want to ensure that all Maine people stay safe during this holiday weekend.”

(This afternoon, Friday, December 23, 2022, this blogger learned that the power is out in some sections of the western part of Portland.  One person impacted said she believed that a transfer was out on the west end.  The power went out about 7:15 am.)