More than 15,000 Mainers were still without power Tuesday evening after a sustained storm hit the state with high winds and heavy rain.
As of 9 p.m., Versant Power reported 3,263 customers across its service area had lost power, with the heaviest outages in Penobscot (1,861) and Hancock (1,346) counties. Outages were heavier in Central Maine Power’s service area, with 12,640 left in the dark. The bulk of those outages were in Cumberland (3,056), Kennebec (2,386), Lincoln (2,166) and Sagadahoc (1,706) counties.
That’s down from more than 100,000 early Tuesday morning.
Winds were forecast to blow at a sustained 20 to 35 mph across eastern Maine, with gusts reaching up to 60 mph in the region. Winds continued to lessen as the day progressed, with the gustiest winds blowing Down East until the evening.
Those winds were accompanied by heavy rain that brought overnight 1.2 inches to Greater Bangor, 1.7 inches in Bar Harbor, 2.9 inches in Machias and Calais, and more than a half inch from Presque Isle to the St. John Valley, according to the National Weather Service’s Caribou office.
But that was only a prelude to another deluge to come. Heavy rain returned late Tuesday morning, bringing estimated rainfall to 2.9 inches in Bangor, 3.3 inches in Bar Harbor, 4.2 inches in Machias, 4.3 inches in Calais, 1.4 inches in Presque Isle and 1.3 inches in Madawaska, the weather service reported.
Flood warnings were issued for rivers affecting Piscataquis, Kennebec and Somerset counties.
The Piscataquis River was at flood stage on Tuesday afternoon. The river was reported to be at 11.9 feet as of 11:30 a.m., with flood stage for the waterway northwest of Dover-Foxcroft at 11.0 feet, according to a flood warning issued by the National Weather Service office in Caribou.
The river was expected to crest at 12.4 feet by 7 p.m., then drop below flood stage later Tuesday evening.