Powerful rainstorms lashing northern New England are washing away fire danger, but the wind and rain also has left thousands in the dark.

[Rain, wind leave thousands of Mainers without power]

The heavy rain and winds that gusted near 40 mph were enough to knock out power for thousands in the Central Maine Power service territory.

Tom Hawley from the National Weather Service says the rain is giving the region a good soaking, and it’ll be followed by more rain Thursday and then again Monday.

He says the rain was heavy enough to help with wildfires in Lincoln, New Hampshire, and in the Grafton Township, Maine, and to recharge groundwater before winter.

Before the rain, the U.S. Drought Monitor indicates most of northern New England was either in a moderate drought or abnormally dry.

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