- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A massive rainstorm drenched parts of northern New England on Wednesday with more than a half-foot of rain in some cities, flooding basements, disabling cars and forcing a university to cancel classes.

Rainfall totals topped 6 inches in Maine and 5 inches in New Hampshire, leading to flash flood warnings. Maine had reports of 6.8 inches of rain near Windham, 6.6 inches in Gorham and 6.3 inches in Lewiston, said Tom Hawley, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

In Vermont, Burlington had 2.04 inches of rain, a record for daily rainfall, officials said.

WCSH-TV in Maine remained on the air despite a flooded basement and garage that threatened utilities, and a Portland day care was evacuated because of flooding. The University of Southern Maine canceled classes at its Portland, Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn campuses.

Central Maine Power and Emera Maine reported more than 6,000 power outages combined.

Across the state, streets were temporarily closed. At the height of the storm, the Maine Turnpike’s speed limit was lowered to 45 mph, a limit usually reserved for snowstorms.

Forecasters expect a break in the tumultuous weather Thursday before more rain as Hurricane Joaquin moves toward the East Coast. The weekend forecast calls for rain or cloudy skies across the region, the weather service said.

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