Severe storms cause damage throughout northern Maine

Posted July 17, 2013, at 6:57 p.m.
Last modified July 17, 2013, at 11:12 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — The National Weather Service office in Caribou has issued a severe weather statement, a severe thunderstorm warning and flood warnings for parts of Aroostook County.

As of about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 3.3 inches of rain had fallen in less than two hours in northern Maine.

Damage reports already had started to come in, meteorologist Dustin Jordan said shortly after 7 p.m.

The weather service received reports that two power lines had been knocked down near Connor, that there were multiple trees down on Coffin Road in Washburn and that 5-inch rocks had been washed onto and across Powers Road in Caribou from a nearby swollen stream as a result of flash flooding, Jordan said.

There also were reports of wind damage in New Sweden and parts of Washburn.

In updates posted later in the evening, the weather service reported nearly 30 downed trees on Parsons Road between Presque Isle and Washburn and three trees down on Route 164, between Presque Isle and Washburn.

In the statements, the weather service said that Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm 6 miles northeast of Haynesville — or 19 miles southwest of Houlton — moving southeast at 25 mph.

Other locations within the warning area included Amity and Orient, the National Weather Service said. That warning was effective through 6:30 p.m.

Also under a severe thunderstorm watch was northern Aroostook County, effective until early Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service website.

The National Weather Service warned that heavy rains posed a risk for flash flooding in northern, central and southeastern Maine. That warning remained in effect through late Wednesday night, the weather service said.

Also in effect was a small stream flood advisory for north central Penobscot County and extreme north central Washington County. Heavy rainfall was expected to continue through 8 p.m.

Meanwhile, the rest of the state — with the exception of coastal Maine — was under a severe thunderstorm watch.

Bangor Hydro Electric Co. and Maine Public Service reported late Wednesday night that crews were working to restore service after a series of power outages caused by severe thunderstorms moving through parts of Penobscot County earlier in the evening. Areas most affected were Hudson, Corinth, Kenduskeag, Greenbush, Greenfield and Costigan, with other scattered outages throughout both Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service’s territory in Aroostook and Hancock counties.

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