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Rain Provides Some Relief, But Doesn't End Drought In Parts Of Maine

Scattered showers that spread across Maine overnight helped relieve drought conditions in some areas, but not all, weather forecasters say.Margaret Curtis of the National Weather Service in Gray says southwest parts of the state remain the driest. In the Portland area, Curtis says, rainfall remains four inches below what's considered normal for this time of the year. But some of Maine's driest areas received substantial relief overnight, Curtis says.

"The good news is that there's at least a small portion of that that did received the highest rainfall - this morning we did have radar estimating as much as four inches may have fallen," Curtis says. "However, that's in an area, say, the size of maybe half a town or so, which still leaves large swaths of the state in need of more rain."

Some areas got little or no rain while others got more than expected, leading to flood warnings, Curtis says.  She says rain is expected to continue off and on throughout the week.