Severe storms leave countless Mainers without power – WMTW Portland

9July 2020

Serious storms that knocked Maine Wednesday afternoon knocked out power to thousands.As of 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Central Maine Power reported 2,700 blackouts. At the peak of the storms there were more than 10,000 failures. The Rangeley area was especially hard hit Thursday morning. CMP was not sure when all service would be restored.Strong thunderstorms brought heavy rain and strong winds to large parts of western and southern Maine Wednesday. It was likewise a busy night for very first responders as several fires are believed to have been begun by lighting strikes. In Buxton, firefighters were called to Fogg Roadway sometime after 6 p.m. due to a garage fire thought to have actually been sparked by a lightning strike. The connected house was not damaged. A man living on Fogg Road states he saw the strike, which hit the 2nd flooring of the garage, and called it “explosive.”Extraordinary video revealed flames shooting up the middle of a tree in Wales after a lightning strike. Firefighters put out the flames prior to it might spread.In Bridgton, lightning is the presumed cause of a small fire on Kennard Street. That fire was one of 4 in the Bridgton/ Harrison location where that’s the believed cause. Likewise in Harrison, strong winds reduced two trees and a power line across Cape Monday Roadway. No one is believed to have been harmed in any of the fires.PORTLAND, Maine


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