Golf-ball size hail, wind strike parts of County

Posted May 24, 2009, at 8:19 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:47 a.m.

Hail, severe thunderstorms and heavy wind struck some parts of Aroostook County as a cold front quickly moved through the region Sunday afternoon.

Residents of Eagle Lake reported golf ball-size hail while winds of up to 60 mph were reported in the Allagash region, Lee Foster, a meteorologist at the Caribou Weather Station, said Sunday. Two separate cells moved through the area between 3 and 3:30 p.m., he said.

Most of the eastern area of The County from Caswell to Caribou received hail the size of nickels and pennies, according to Foster.

Along with the hail came winds so strong that a Woodland resident reported that three-fourths of his 50-foot-by-100-foot shed blew down during the quick-moving storm.

“It opened up and rained on us and hailed on us and it moved by us very quickly,” Foster said. It moved so quickly that only one-tenth of an inch of rain was recorded at the weather station, he said.

Foster said that today will be dry and windy and there is good potential for significant frost from northern Maine to the coast.

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