January 18, 2020
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Three tornado warnings issued in Maine during Sunday afternoon storms; no confirmed touchdowns

BANGOR, Maine — Tornado warnings came and went quickly across the state as heavy storms rolled through Maine Sunday afternoon.

National Weather Service forecasters in Gray and Caribou said there were no confirmed touchdowns as of 5:30 p.m.

The National Weather Services issued a tornado warning around 4:30 p.m. for southern Somerset County and eastern Franklin County. The area under the warning, which expired around 5 p.m., included Bingham and Kingfield.

At about 3:30, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for northern Aroostook County. The warning included Eagle Lake, Guerette and St. Agatha.

That warning expired at 3:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued and then lifted a tornado warning for northern and central Penobscot County in the area of Baxter State Park earlier Sunday afternoon.

Residents in these areas were instructed to take cover in an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building and to avoid windows.

Severe thunderstorms continued to move across Maine Sunday afternoon. A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for much of southern, western, central and northern Maine until 8 p.m. Sunday.

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