National Weather Service warns of strong thunderstorms heading for Penobscot, Aroostook, Oxford, Franklin counties

Posted Aug. 05, 2014, at 7:56 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement effective until 8 p.m. for central Penobscot and southern Aroostook counties in the north and also for Oxford and Franklin counties in the south.

The weather service’s Doppler Radar has tracked a strong thunderstorm 6 miles north of Millinocket, moving northeast at 20 mph. Hail up to one-half inch in diameter and wind gusts of up to 40 mph are expected, as well as frequent dangerous lightning.

Locations in the storm’s path include Sherman, Stacyville, Benedicta and Silver Ridge, the weather service said.

Meanwhile, the weather service’s Gray office is warning of a cluster of thunderstorms in Oxford and Franklin counties centered along a line extending from 19 miles northwest of Rumford to 3 miles east of Bethel.

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