Portland Harbor

43°39'N 70°15'W
Portland Harbor
...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING... THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR * PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL MAINE...NORTH CENTRAL MAINE AND SOUTHEAST MAINE...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN EAST CENTRAL MAINE...CENTRAL PENOBSCOT AND SOUTHERN PENOBSCOT. IN...
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...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EDT TODAY... * WINDS...NORTHEAST 25 TO 35 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH... ESPECIALLY ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST AND HIGHER TERRAIN. * IMPACTS...LOW IMPACT. WINDS MAY CAUSE MINOR DAMAGE TO TREES AND BLOW AROUND LOOSE OBJECTS. OLDER AND WEAKER TREES MAY BE BLOWN DOWN. SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE....
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...SOME MINOR COASTAL FLOODING AND BEACH EROSION IS POSSIBLE AROUND THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE TODAY... ...COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 2 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAY HAS ISSUED A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 2 PM EDT...
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...OCCASIONAL HEAVY RAIN TODAY MAY CAUSE FLOODING... .PERIODS OF RAIN...HEAVY AT TIMES...ARE EXPECTED THROUGH TODAY ACROSS MUCH OF MAINE AND THE EASTERN HALF OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL OF 1 TO 2 INCHES IS EXPECTED TODAY. STORM TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES WILL BE WIDESPREAD WITH AMOUNTS IN EXCESS OF 5 INCHES POSSIBLE. WHILE THE RAIN WILL NOT...
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Portland Harbor, at the western end of Casco Bay, is the most important port on the coast of Maine. And it is one busy place: Portland is the second-largest oil port on the East Coast, boasts a large commercial fishing fleet, many cargo and cruise ship berths, and ferries bound for local islands (sadly, none continue to serve Nova Scotia). The waterfront thrives as well, offering fine dining, boutique shopping, a vibrant Art District, and just about any kind of provision or marine service imaginable. With Bon Appetit magazine calling Portland "America's Foodiest Small Town" in 2009, the dining opportunities alone are worth the visit.

The city of Portland is on the north side of the inner harbor, with many railroad, bulk, and general cargo terminals and piers. South Portland is on the south side of the harbor, with petroleum-handling terminals and pipeline facilities along its waterfront.

Whether you arrive by boat or choose to spend a few nights in one of the city's fine hotels and B&Bs, Portland should be on your Maine coast itinerary, as it provides a delightful taste Maine's version of "big city" living. If you are like most, you will come away feeling that Maine's largest city is, in fact, much more like one very large small town.