AUGUSTA, Me - With a storm currently battering Maine with heavy rain and high winds, Governor Paul R. LePage is encouraging Mainers to stay safe as they travel around the state.
Hazardous weather is expected to continue throughout the day, with another one to two inches of rainfall possible. Winds gusts in excess of 60 miles per hours are expected along the coast and over exposed high terrain areas. A second round of high winds is forecast for the afternoon.
The Maine Emergency Management Agency is monitoring the storm as it passes through Maine and is coordinating with the National Weather Service, County Emergency Management Agencies, state agencies, and utility companies to review the latest forecasts and discuss their operational status.
Power utilities are reporting outages throughout Maine, and the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) is cautioning motorists to take extra time during their morning commute. MaineDOT road crews are reporting trees and power lines down. In addition, power outages have caused traffic signals to go offline. High rainfall amounts have also resulted in standing water in roadways.
Motorists should use extra caution while driving, particularly as they approach intersections or high profile vehicles that may be influenced by strong wind gusts. The Governor reminds Mainers to put safety first.
For weather information and more safety tips, visit the Maine Prepares web site: www.maineprepares.com.