Tornado confirmed in western Maine

Posted Aug. 23, 2009, at 10:40 a.m.

SOUTH PARIS, Maine — The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado moved through western Maine on Friday night, snapping up trees, downing power lines and damaging some buildings.

The weather service says the tornado touched down near Dove Way in Norway, then traveled for about 16 miles through Paris, Buckfield and Sumner. It fell apart near the intersection of Route 219 and Church Road in Hartford.

The width of the tornado was estimated at about 700 yards. Maximum winds were estimated at 100-110 mph.

WCSH reports this was the sixth confirmed tornado in Maine in 2009. The state averages just two tornadoes a year.

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