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Saturday storm to bring rain, wind to Maine

Half of Halloween weekend will be gloomy, windy, and rainy. Sunday will be a big improvement over Saturday's storm.

MAINE, USA — Another nor'easter is getting ready to haunt Maine. Timing for this will be mostly limited to Saturday.

Not great for the adult parties that have been planned, but good news for the kiddos getting ready for tricks and treats on Sunday night.

Honestly, Saturday night seems like it's coming right out of a slasher film.

Wind gusts pick up in the evening and heavy downpours start just after dark. Given the forecast wind direction (east/southeast), gusts to about 45 mph or so will be enough for some isolated power outages.

If you haven't already, it's time to figure out how to incorporate a poncho into your costume.

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Saturday starts off pretty cloudy with spotty showers, mostly limited to western and coastal Maine.

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By 3 p.m., heavier rain will be building into New Hampshire and eastern Massachusetts.

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This is most likely when the heavier rain will begin.

These heavy downpours will move into southern Maine around 6 or 7 p.m. on Saturday evening.

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The rain looks pretty persistent with this storm. Expect showers and occasional heavy downpours to make it through most of the night.

Unlike the last storm, this will bring rain all the way up to the County. I don't really think anyone gets out of this with less than a half-inch of rain.

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Good news here, though. Sunday will clear out quickly as milder air builds in. Things should be pretty nice for the afternoon and evening. Now back to Saturday...

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The strongest wind gusts are expected through the evening Saturday and into the early morning hours on Sunday.

These are modeled gusts, so don't take them at face value. Usually, they're too high by 5 mph or so.

Still, this means gusts will be in the 40-50 mph range at their strongest.

Since the trees aren't bare yet, especially at the coastline, be prepared for some outages on Saturday night.

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Totals could be a little higher Downeast.

Flash flooding is a concern, too. The highest risk will be late Saturday evening and into early Sunday morning.

Totals will be around 2" or so in western Maine, with most areas elsewhere getting 1-2". There could be a little more rain Downeast than this map shows, but only if the storm stays strong enough.

I think we'll see a coastal front set up, too, so I'm expecting a couple of places to end up reporting amounts above 2". Highest risk will be across southwestern Maine.

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Last, but certainly not least, is the potential splashover.

The highest risk for some splashover and beach erosion comes early Sunday morning, as the storm churns in the Gulf of Maine. Wave heights could approach 10 feet, especially along the Midcoast. Waves fall pretty quickly in the afternoon.

Since outages are on the table, it's a good idea to have your phone charged. We'll be here all evening keeping you up-to-date with the latest info on the storm Saturday.

You can also send storm pictures (or if you see some zombies creeping around) right from your phone to the "Near Me" section of our app.

Remember, don't drive through flooded roads, and keep an eye out for zombies and vampires wandering around when it's dark out.

Ryan will have more in the morning and I'll have more on Twitter, @MikeSliferWX.

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