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Wind gusts of up to 45 mph forecast for northern and eastern Maine Friday into Saturday

CARIBOU, Maine — An autumn storm is heading toward northern and eastern Maine, bringing with it gusts of up to 45 miles per hour Friday afternoon into Saturday morning, according to a wind advisory the National Weather Service issued Thursday. 

Sustained south to southwest winds of 15 to 20 miles per hour with stronger gusts locally are expected to impact the northeastern half of the state, including all of Aroostook, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington, and Hancock counties and northern Somerset County, Mark Bloomer, meteorologist at the NWS Caribou office said Thursday.

The advisory is in effect from 2 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. on Saturday and warns residents in the affected areas that “winds will blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.”

The approaching wind storm “has nothing to do with Hurricane Florence,” Bloomer said.

“This is just a strong autumn storm that has developed and is moving up toward the state,” he said. “The circumstances in North Carolina have not impacted this.”

The meteorologist said high south winds are expected to develop in advance of an approaching cold front with stronger gusts possible across higher terrain. The winds are then expected to shift into the northwest after midnight Friday, continuing gusty at times into Saturday morning.

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