May 08, 2020
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More than 24,000 without power after high winds buffet Maine

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
A pedestrian walking along Wilson Street in Brewer holds on to his poncho as a gust of wind blows from the next storm hitting Maine.

More than 24,000 Mainers awoke Tuesday morning without power after a storm brought high winds and heavy rain across the state. Most of them had their power restored during the day.

As of 6:30 p.m., Emera Maine and Central Maine Power had combined outages affecting 7,340 customers across their service areas. Emera Maine reported the heaviest outages in Hancock (2,404) and Penobscot (1,843) counties, while CMP’s outages were heaviest in Penobscot (1,312) and Waldo (317) counties.

The outages from Monday’s storm come on the heels of a spring nor’easter that slammed the state Thursday night into Friday morning that caused widespread outages that at their peak left nearly 250,000 Mainers without power.

Monday’s storm brought high winds throughout the state that gusted up to nearly 60 mph in places. Wind speeds reached 61 mph in Bangor, 48 mph in Bar Harbor, 60 mph in Eastport, 60 mph in Sedgwick, 53 mph in Winter Harbor and 56 near Whitneyville, according to the National Weather Service office in Caribou.

Heavy rain accompanied those winds, with more than 2 inches reported in places in Hancock County, 0.94 to 1.71 inches along coastal Washington County, about an inch or more in the Penobscot Valley and about 0.7 inches along the crown of Maine, according to the weather service.

The highest rainfall was recorded in Freedom, where 2.58 inches fell during the storm, according to the weather service office in Gray. Elsewhere, 2.37 inches of rain were reported in Farmingdale, 1.77 inches in Bath, 1.73 inches near Rockport, 1.64 inches in Fryeburg and 1.54 inches in Durham, the weather service reports.

That heavy rain has prompted a flood watch for parts of Aroostook, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Somerset counties, with flood warnings in place for the Kennebec River near Augusta and Skowhegan and the Piscataquis River near Dover-Foxcroft, the weather service reports.


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