May 25, 2020
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Gusts up to 60 mph will hit Maine as more than 34,600 remain without power

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
A motorist drives under downed pine trees that are resting on power lines in Freeport in this Oct. 30, 2017, file photo. A strong wind storm is expected to cause widespread power outages Monday.

A wind storm will bring heavy rain and gusts up to 60 mph to Maine on Monday as thousands still remain without power after last week’s nor’easter.

A wind advisory is in place from 2 p.m. to midnight for Aroostook, Somerset, Piscataquis, Penobscot and interior Hancock and Washington counties, while a high wind warning is in place for coastal Hancock and Washington counties, according to the National Weather Service.

“Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and powerlines. Isolated to scattered power outages may result,” a weather service advisory reads.

Greater Bangor could see winds blowing up to 46 mph, while winds will be strongest along the immediate coast, where they are expected to reach speeds up to 54 mph in Bar Harbor, 55 mph in Machias and 54 mph in Eastport, according to the weather service office in Caribou. Gusts could hit up to 60 mph along the immediate coast.

The winds will moderate slightly further inland, where they could hit speeds up to 45 mph in Caribou and 41 mph in Madawaska, Fort Kent and Estcourt Station, the weather service reports.

Heavy rain will accompany those winds, with 1.13 inches forecast for Greater Bangor, 1.2 inches in Bar Harbor and 1.22 inches in Eastport, according to the weather service. Rainfall will be lighter to the north, where 0.74 inches are expected in Caribou and 0.82 in Madawaska.

To the south, winds will be greater still along the coast, with speeds up to 52 mph in Belfast, 61 mph in Rockland and 51 mph in Portland expected, according to the weather service office in Gray.

Monday’s storm comes on the heels of a spring nor’easter that slammed the state Thursday night into Friday morning, dropping up to a foot or more of heavy, wet snow in places and causing widespread outages that at their peak left nearly 250,000 Mainers without power.

Maine’s utilities, Emera Maine and Central Maine Power, spent the weekend cleaning up from that storm that brought down trees and power lines. As of 9:10 p.m. Monday, there were still an estimated 34,607 customers without power across their service areas, with the heaviest outages remaining in the Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Lincoln and Waldo counties, and the immediate coast.

 


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