Rudolph will be earning his carrots tonight.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for Southern Penobscot, Interior Hancock, Central Washington and both Coastal Hancock and Washington Counties.  The High Wind Warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Christmas.

Winds will come out of the south at 25 to 35 mph and will gust as high as 60 to 70 mph, depending on where you are. You can watch the winds gust via the Rainwise.net gear located at the summit of Cadillac Mountain on Mount Desert Island, or by logging onto Windy.com.

Be aware that these damaging high winds could uproot trees and bring down limbs and power lines.  Numerous widespread power outages are very likely.  The National Weather Service notes that the high potential for power loss will be from late morning to early afternoon on Christmas day, so try to have all of your holiday cooking done by then.

Rain could be very heavy at times between tonight and throughout Christmas Day, with anywhere between 1 and 3 inches expected, depending on where you are. Temperatures tonight will remain in the 50s and a high temperature of 57 is expected for Christmas Day.  The full National Weather Service forecast is available HERE.

If you are a Versant Power customer, you can report an outage using the company's Online Outage Report Form or by calling them at (207) 973-2000 or 1-855-363-7211. Central Maine Power customers can see the current power outages by going HERE.  To report a power outage to Central Maine Power go HERE, or call 1-800-696-1000.

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