High winds and rain leave thousands without power Sunday

Posted Oct. 26, 2008, at 1:08 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:17 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine – More than 7,000 customers were without power in central and eastern Maine on Sunday morning as heavy winds and rain hammered the region.

Bangor Hydro Electric Co. reported 7,520 power outages Sunday, mostly along the coast, due to heavy wind and rain. Power is expected to be restored later Sunday or possibly Monday.

Bangor Hydro crews reported extensive tree damage throughout the affected area, which included Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island, Blue Hill, Brooklin, Clifton, Corinth, Dedham, Ellsworth, and Deer Isle.

There were 4,494 outages reported in Hancock County, 2,583 in Penobscot County, 430 in Piscataquis County, and 13 in Washington County.

Downed trees and lines made some areas difficult for crews to access, which was slowing restoration efforts. Bangor Hydro also reported flooding in some areas.

Call 1-800-440-1111 to report an outage.

In Searsport a lobster boat sank at the town wharf. In Knox County, the U.S. Coast Guard station at Rockland was airing bulletins for most of the night about a boat that had drifted loose of its mooring, and reported Sunday morning that the boat had been found and hauled ashore.

Winds were expected to gust Sunday as high as 49 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou.

The Weather Service issued an urban and small-stream flood advisory Sunday morning until noon for poor drainage areas in Penobscot County near Bangor, Old Town, Newport, Millinocket, Lincoln, Howland, Dexter and areas of Piscataquis County including Guilford, Greenville, Dover-Foxcroft and Brownville Junction.

A wind advisory was also in effect until noon Sunday for parts of Aroostook, Somerset, Piscataquis and Washington counties.

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