October 21, 2018
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Rain, wind leave thousands of Mainers without power

Bill Trotter | BDN
Bill Trotter | BDN

Heavy rain and high wind rolled into Maine on Tuesday night, leaving thousands of Mainers in the dark as they woke up Wednesday morning.

As of 7:30 a.m., Central Maine Power reported 5,258 customers were without electricity. The majority of those were in Knox and Waldo counties, each of which had more than 1,400 outages.

Emera Maine reported another 550 customers without power early Wednesday morning, mostly in Lamoine, Corinth and Garland.

By 3 p.m., crews had restored service to about 4,000 of those homes and businesses. Fewer than 40 Emera customers were still without power Wednesday afternoon.

The storm, which was expected to lose steam late Wednesday, prompted flood advisories in western and southern Maine. The entire state is included under a hazardous weather outlook that stretches through Thursday.

Much of the state is expected to see more than 2½ inches of rain before the storm leaves, while parts of midcoast and central Maine could receive more than 3 inches. The rain hit the state on the heels of a stream of warm air that ran up the East Coast.

Around 6 a.m., the National Weather Service Office in Caribou reported a local temperature of 67 degrees, “an amazing 35 degrees above our average low for Oct. 25,” the office said in a social media posting.

The weather service says that the threat of flooding has largely passed for midcoast and central Maine.

Forecasters say another plume of warm, tropical air could come through Maine over the weekend, bringing a second storm and more heavy rain on Sunday through Monday.

 


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