A soaking rain is in the forecast for much of Maine, beginning Thursday night.

The National Weather Service in Caribou is calling for a drenching rain for much of Maine. Rain is expected to move into the state Thursday night, into Friday evening. Forecasters expect about three inches of rainfall for the Bangor area. The Greenville area may see over four inches of rainfall, with the Downeast areas expecting around two-and-a-half inches of rain.

The soaking rain has prompted an Areal Flood Warning for much of Maine. According to the National Weather Service, "An Areal Flood Warning is normally issued for flooding that develops more gradually, usually from prolonged and persistent moderate to heavy rainfall.  This results in a gradual ponding or buildup of water in low-lying, flood-prone areas, as well as small creeks and streams." 

In addition, a Wind Advisory has been issued for coastal areas, as strong, gusty, winds are expected. Friday, wind gusts are expected to top out near 35 to 45 mph.

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