Storms leave thousands without power in Maine

Posted June 24, 2010, at 11:18 p.m.

ELIOT, Maine — A series of fast-moving storms tearing through Maine has unleashed powerful winds that brought down trees and snapped power lines, leaving thousands of people without power, mainly in York County.

Officials at Central Maine Power say the storms have left at least 6,425 homes and businesses without power in York County on Thursday. Utility workers were working through the night to restore power, but some customers are expected to remain without power through today.

Tom Hawley of the National Weather Service says several lines of storms hit Eliot, Kittery, Biddeford and York County towns.

Officials did not immediately have detail on the strength of the storms, but metereologists in nearby Rochester, N.H., noted that one of the storms generated wind gusts of up to 61 mph as it tore towards Maine.

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