CARIBOU, Maine — The National Weather Service Office in Caribou has issued a warning for strong thunderstorms in east central Aroostook County this afternoon and evening, July 17, 2019.
At 3:52 EDT, strong thunderstorms were clustered near Smyrna Mills, or 17 miles northeast of Patten, moving southeast at 35 mph.
Winds in excess of 30 mph are possible with this storm, said forecasters.
Locations impacted include Houlton, Hodgdon, Smyrna, Amity, Cary Plantation, Dudley Township, Smyrna Mills, Littleton, Linneus, Oakfield, New Limerick, Ludlow, Merrill, Cary, Dyer Brook, Hersey, Dudley, Webbertown, Moro Plantation and Saint Croix.
If outdoors, residents should consider seeking shelter inside a building.
According to the NWS, torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may cause localized flooding. Drivers should not drive vehicles through flooded roadways.
This storm may intensify, so forecasters encourage the community to monitor local media for additional information and possible warnings from the National Weather Service.