A large storm system is expected to impact Maine, bringing heavy rain and damaging winds to the state.

The National Weather Service is warning of a strong storm system that will impact much of Maine, overnight Wednesday into Thursday. Heavy rain and strong winds are expected. The bulk of the storm is expected to start Thursday morning.

Forecasters are calling for peak wind gusts of 30 to 40 MPH Thursday, with winds along the Downeast coast gusting near 60 MPH. Much of Maine can expect 1 to around 1.5 inches of rain. Locally heavy rain will likely lead to ponding on roadways.

A Marine Storm Watch is in effect Thursday. Wind gusts are expected to be approaching 60 knots, and seas ranging 10-14 feet. Minor overwash is possible in low-lying areas along the Downeast coast during high tide early Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service is recommends having plans and resources in place for scattered power outages. With heavy rain and wind expected to onset around the morning commute Thursday, exercise caution and give yourself plenty of space and time during travel.