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3-Day Severe Weather Outlook
Bass Harbor, ME

Survival Essentials

If an emergency occurs in your community, it may take emergency response teams some time to reach you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family with basic supplies for a minimum of 72 hours.

Food and Water Supplies

  • Water – at least one gallon or two litres of water per person per day. Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order
  • Non-perishable food, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods. It’s recommended to replace food and water once a year.

Medication and First Aid

  • Personal prescription medication needs for up to 7 days
  • Pain relievers
  • 2 absorbent compress dressings
  • 25 adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 1 blanket, ideally a space blanket
  • 1 breathing barrier with one-way valve
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pairs of non-latex gloves
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (8cm, or 3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (10cm, or 4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (8cm, or 3 inches) x 8cm, or 3 inches
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (10cm, or 4 inches) x 10cm or 4 inches
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury, non-glass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet


  • Can opener
  • Crank flashlight
  • Crank radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Multipurpose tool (Swiss army knife)
  • Matches
  • Extra keys to your car and house
  • A whistle

Personal Hygiene

  • Soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissue paper
  • Toilet paper
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Extra underwear


  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Money (include change)
  • Maps of your local area
  • A list of necessary medications
  • Copies of:
  • Passports
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificate
  • Insurance policies
  • Wills

Specialty Items

  • Baby supplies:
  • Food
  • Formula
  • Bottles
  • Diapers
  • Change of clothes
  • Medical supplies:
  • Hearing aids
  • Glasses
  • Contact Lenses
  • Syringes
  • Food for pets

This application allows you to search for National Weather Service Watch, Warning, and Advisories. There are currently two options:

1. Search for Storm Based Warnings by Point

The official warned area for some products the NWS issues is a polygon. This section allows you to specify a point on the map below by dragging the marker to where you are interested in. Once you stop dragging the marker, the grid will update and provide a listing of storm based warnings found.

2. Search for NWS Watch/Warning/Advisories Products by County/Zone or by Point

The NWS issues watch, warnings, and advisories (WWA) for counties/parishes. For some products (like winter warnings), they issue for forecast zones. In many parts of the country, these zones are exactly the same as the counties/parishes. When you get into regions with topography, then zones will start to differ to the local counties.

This application allows you to search the IEM's archive of NWS WWA products. Our archive is not complete, but there are no known holes since 12 November 2005. This archive is of those products that contain VTEC codes, which are nearly all WWAs that the NWS issues for. There are Severe Thunderstorm, Tornado, and Flash Flood Warnings included in this archive for dates prior to 2005. These were retroactively assigned VTEC event identifiers by the IEM based on some hopefully intelligent logic.

Please note: NWS forecast offices have changed over the years, this application may incorrectly label old warnings as coming from an office that did not exist at the time.
Also note: This particular search interface will return false-positives for some warnings that are now fully polygon/storm based. The IEM database tracks the UGC areas associated with the storm based warnings. So querying by UGC (even if you query by point), will return some warnings that were not actually active for that point, but were technically active for that UGC of which the point falls inside of. Please use the above search for these types of warnings!

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A powerful storm system moved into New England Wednesday, sparking severe thunderstorm warnings across the northern half of the region and in western Massachusetts.

A severe thunderstorm warning was in place for parts of Massachusetts Wednesday evening, after much of New England was under severe thunderstorm watches. A tornado warning was issued at one point in southern Maine. The alerts have since expired.

The severe weather was expected until sunset, generated by cool air pressing south from Canada as a summer wind blew in from the south in much of central and southern New England.

This meant “triple H weather” was back -- hot, hazy and humid conditions took over in the afternoon, but it won’t be for too long.

Thunderstorms moving out of New York are passing through central New England with damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph and hail larger than 1 inch, along with torrential downpours.

The heaviest weather was estimated to appear from about Rutland, Vermont, to Bangor, Maine, slowly shifting southward. That's because the front is slowly moving towards the south. Showers and thunderstorms are moving in and dissipating over northern Massachusetts as the sun goes down.

Our atmosphere will likely have low-level shear, which means it could feed off spinning along these thunderstorms. In other words, the atmospheric combination of having warm and humid air and an incoming front will be an advantage for the storms’ development.

It was one of those afternoons where we recommend people stay at home and weather alert.

A cold front will help us come back to the 70s as soon as Thursday. 

We will likely watch for showers in the overnight hours in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Cape Cod, but the severe storm potential will be mainly focused across northwest and western Massachusetts and into areas of New Hampshire and Vermont. 

Along with a temperature decrease and cooler air incoming for Thursday, the weather pattern rapidly changes. The parts of New England that have the worst weather Wednesday get the best weather Thursday, with sunshine returning for much of northern New England and highs in the upper 60s lower 70s.

An incoming low pressure from the south will allow for more moisture to come in, along with an increase in rain chances, which will remain in place until Friday and early Saturday. This low pressure system has a high probability of becoming a tropical depression between today and tomorrow. 

Meanwhile, tropical depression Nicholas continues to provide concerning amounts of rainfall with the elevated risk of flooding across the southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. 

Maine town Topsham hit hard by microburst storm on Labor Day -- Sept. 6, 2021

Maine coast braces for up to 4 inches of rain from Tropical Storm Elsa on Friday

Maine is bracing for torrential rains Friday as Tropical Storm Elsa races up the East Coast before heading out to sea Friday night.

Rainfall will be heavy at times, potentially as much as 1 to 2 inches per hour, with Portland and much of Maine’s coast getting drenched with as much as 4 inches.

The National Weather Service in Gray issued a flash flood watch Thursday that will be in effect from 8 a.m. Friday through 8 a.m. Saturday. A watch means there is a strong possibility of flooding.

High winds are unlikely during Friday’s downpours, according to John Cannon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

“The greatest threat from this storm is heavy, torrential rains and the chance for flooding,” Cannon said. Cannon said flash flooding could occur just about anywhere, including under bridges, in low lying areas including streets and roads, or along rivers and streams swollen with rain.

The National Weather Service also issued a high surf advisory that will be in effect from 5 p.m. Friday through 11 a.m. Saturday. The storm, which is expected to enter the Gulf of Maine as a tropical cyclone, could produce large waves in the 5-8 feet range. A tropical cyclone is similar to a nor’easter, Cannon said.

The weather service is urging people not to swim in the ocean or stand on rocky outcrops. A powerful wave could sweep a person off rocks, the agency warned.

The weather service is closely monitoring the track of Elsa because if it starts tracking closer to land, rainfall totals could increase significantly Friday, Cannon said.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency says it will also closely monitor Elsa’s track. It is coordinating with county emergency management agencies and utility companies to prepare for possible wind, rain and power outages. The agency said the storm will be fast moving, with the greatest impact Friday afternoon and evening.

“We are working together with all our partners to plan for this event,” Maine Emergency Management Agency Director Peter Rogers said in a statement. “With 1 to three inches of rain expected, Maine people should be aware that there is a potential for localized flash flooding.”

Central Maine Power said it is ready to respond if power outages occur. CMP said the storm is expected to mostly produce heavy rain, but strong wind gusts are possible, particularly along the coast. Flooding could hamper power restoration crews in some areas if there are outages.

“We have had enough experience with coastal storms to know they are not always predictable, and could track differently than forecasts project,” Kerri Therriault, director of CMP’s electric operations, said in a statement. “CMP has secured the support of more than 50 Maine-based line contractors, several tree crews and will position or move our crews as needed.”

Most of the coast, including Portland, and the region stretching from Fryeburg and Rumford to Skowhegan stands to get 2 to 4 inches of rain. Northern parts of the state could get 1.5 to 2 inches of rain, according to the weather service.

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The Caribou National Weather Station has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northeastern Aroostook County that will be in effect until 6:30 p.m. on Monday evening.

Severe thunderstorms could impact Presque Isle, Caribou, Fort Fairfield, Limestone, Mapleton, Washburn, Ashland, Easton, Woodland, Chapman, Castle Hill and Wade.

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The storm conditions could produce gusts of up to 60 miles per hour, as well as quarter-sized hail, according to the Caribou NWS.

Trees and powerlines could be affected.

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This Maine Emergency Management Agency link will take you to the latest National Weather Service predictions, forecasts and other weather information affecting Knox County, Maine and New England.

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Get live and historical weather conditions now from the Knox County EMA Office

Today's Knox County weather forecast

Live NWS Weather Radar from Portland, MaineThis is a live weather image which opens in a new window. (Note: This weather radar site has the new dual polarization capabilities.) 

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Are you setting up a new NOAA All Hazards Alerting Weather Radio?

To receive specific alerts for Knox County you need to enter FIPS county code 23013 during setup. Local alerts are triggered from the Dresden (162.475) and Ellsworth (162.400) NOAA Weather Transmitters. Frequency and channel settings may vary depending on manufacturer. Please refer to your owners manual for more info.


Watches, Warnings and Advisories.  What's the difference?

     Watch-A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so that those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.

     Warning- A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property.

     Advisory- An Advisory highlights special weather conditions that are less serious than a warning. They are for events that may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.

What IS the difference between a Thunderstorm Watch and a Warning? 

A severe thunderstorm Watch means that conditions are favorable for development of a severe  thunderstorm in or close to the watch area. Severe thunderstorms may produce large hail or damaging winds. When a watch is issued, you should review thunderstorm safety rules and be prepared to move to place of safety if threatening weather approaches. Keep an eye to the sky and an ear to the National Weather Service's weather radio or local radio and television stations for further updates and possible warnings.

A severe thunderstorm Warning, on the other hand, means that a severe thunderstorm is occurring or is imminent in the Warning area based on doppler radar information or observation by a trained weather spotter. You should move indoors to a place of safety. Schools should think about delaying departure of buses, and should take quick action to delay outdoor sports activities, etc.

Storm Surge explained.  "Storm Surge" is an abnormal rise of water generated by a storm, over and above the predicted astronomical tide produced by water being pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds moving around a storm. A "Storm Tide" is the combination of both storm surge and the astronomical tide. Storm Surge, Storm Tides or Coastal Flooding can be deadly!  Nine out of ten deaths from hurricanes can be attributed to these storm phenomena.  


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