Severe thunderstorms on Tuesday knocked out power to thousands and blocked roads and trees. Heavy downpours also reportedly triggered a mudslide in Oxford County.
Severe thunderstorm watches were in effect through 9 p.m. for Penobscot, Piscataquis, Aroostook, Hancock and Washington counties, as well as locations in southwestern Maine and New Hampshire, according to the National Weather Service.
For several communities in southern Maine, specifically in York and Cumberland counties, and Piscataquis County, severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect until 6:30 p.m., while locations farther north had warnings in effect until 8:30 p.m.
The wild weather caused power outages that affected nearly 20,000 customers. As of 8:30 p.m., an estimated 18,500 Central Maine Power customers and about 660 Emera Maine customers were in the dark, according to the utilities’ live outage maps.
Repair crews were sent out to try and restore service.
Heavy rains led to mudslides and flooding in Oxford County, according to WGME.
The storm also caused flooding on Route 2 in Rumford, where there was water on the road in places and downed trees, the Maine Department of Transportation said in an alert issued at about 5:30 p.m. Crews worked to clear the roadway.
Shortly before 6:30 p.m., the Maine Department of Transportation announced Route 114 would be closed to the Burnell Road until further notice because of downed trees and powerlines.
U.S. Route 1 in Blaine, which was closed about that time for the same reason, reopened at about 8:30 p.m., according to the Maine Department of Transportation.