May 21, 2018
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High winds cause outages in several counties

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN
By From Staff Reports, Special to the BDN

High winds Monday afternoon knocked out power to 1,011 meters, according to a press release from Bangor Hydro-Electric Co.

The winds followed Sunday afternoon’s quick-moving storm in Aroostook County that brought golf ball-size hail, severe thunderstorms and heavy wind, damaging trees and buildings.

In Penobscot County on Monday afternoon, 583 outages were reported, including along Eastern Avenue in Brewer where a tree limb fell onto a power line.

In Washington County 367 outages were reported and another 61 in Piscataquis County and the Lincoln area.

By 5 p.m. Bangor Hydro was reporting 613 customers without power, most of them in Washington and Penobscot counties. A handful of outages were reported in Piscataquis and Hancock counties. Power was expected to be restored to all customers Monday night unless continued winds caused more outages or extended restoration time.

Power lines were reported down in the Belfast area as well.

On Sunday, Eagle Lake residents reported golf ball-size hail while winds of up to 60 mph were reported in the Allagash region, according to Lee Foster, a meteorologist at the Caribou Weather Station.

Eagle Lake resident James Deprey said the strong winds uprooted trees on his property and his neighbor’s.

“He had a lot of trees in front of his house and they’re all down right now,” Deprey said of his neighbor. In addition, Deprey said his brother lost about 50 acres of woodland from trees being knocked down.

Forest rangers in the area reported that more than 100 trees had been blown over in Eagle Lake and there were reports of damage to cemetery stones, according to the Caribou Weather Station.

The National Weather Service on Monday issued a frost advisory for early Tuesday morning across much of northern and central Maine, except coastal areas.

BDN writers Jessica Bloch in Bangor, Diana Bowley in Dover-Foxcroft and Kevin Miller in Belfast contributed to this report.

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