The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Friday, July 4, due to the fringes of Hurricane Arthur. Moisture from the storm will link up with a frontal system over New England to help produce a period of heavy rain across the region this afternoon and tonight.

The Flash Flood Watch area includes Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties. A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding, a very dangerous situation. Those in a Watch area should monitor weather forecasts and be prepared to take action should a Flash Flood Warning be issued.

Rain will spread across the coastal plain of Maine during Independence Day, becoming heavier as the evening and night go on. A total of 1 to 4 inches of rain is expected. Embedded thunderstorms could cause even heavier rainfall rates. This amount of rain could lead to flash flooding.

The Warnings/Advisories tab of VillageSoup’s Weather link carries current advisories for Midcoast Maine.