The Maine Emergency Management Agency is closely monitoring the track of Tropical Storm Isaias and is working with the Emergency Response Team, County Emergency Management Agencies, the National Weather Service, other State agencies and utilities to prepare for the possibility of damaging winds, rain and power outages.

The fast-moving storm is expected to have the most impact on coastal areas and western Maine, with most activity between 8 and midnight tonight. Wind gusts of up to 50 mph may impact parts of the state and there is a potential for tornadoes.

MEMA Director Peter Rogers said, “We are working together with all our partners to plan for this event… The storm has been downgraded somewhat from the original forecast, but we are concerned about damaging winds and the potential for tornadoes.”

MEMA is working with electric utilities to help facilitate getting additional crews in place, where needed, to help expedite the power restoration process.

Click here for MEMA’s steps you can take to prepare for the tropical storm.