The worst of the rain is over in southern Maine, but strong winds, with gusts more than 60 miles per hour, will continue into the late evening as Tropical Storm Irene passes through the state.

The heaviest rainfall from Irene was in western Maine. Meteorologists say that 8 to 9 inches fell in northern Oxford County. Meteorologist Eric Schwibs of the National Weather Service in Gray said about 10 inches of rain fell near Conway, N.H., compared to about 2 inches in coastal southern Maine.

Schwibs said the wind gusts should drop to 30 to 40 miles per hour overnight, and the storm will be over Monday morning.

As the night progresses, the biggest concern is small-stream flooding and flash floods. Local roads are closed because of flooding across the state, and bridges in Gardiner and Carrabassett Valley are closed because of high water.

Maine remains in a tropical storm warning and flood watch through late tonight.