Mother Nature has sure been throwing us for a beating lately, and it looks like it will continue later today and tonight.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for both the Bangor and coastal areas of the state. Winds are expected to blow at their hardest between 2 this afternoon and midnight tonight, Monday, April 13th.

In Bangor, southerly winds between 20 and 30 mph are expected with gusts up to 45 mph.  For the downeast coastal areas of Hancock and Washington Counties, winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph are expected.

Here are a few tips to prepare for today and tonight's high winds and possible power outages:
  • Charge all electronic devices such as cellphones and rechargeable flashlights.
  • You may want to turn the heat up a little today, so that a comfortable temperature is sustained in the event of an outage.
  • If you are using an electric well pump, fill the bathtub with water so you can flush the toilet later.
  • Make sure your refrigerator and freeze are cold. You might want to turn the temperature down slightly today.
  • Fill a cooler with ice or even snow in case you have to pack food into it to prevent it from spoiling.
  • Take a walk around your property and make sure anything that might blow away (garbage cans etc) are secure.
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