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Storms Down Trees, Power Lines Across Maine

July 15, 2012

By Stephen Betts

July 15--A strong series of thunderstorms has knocked down trees and power lines in a swath of towns in Maine.

The number of customers without power was not immediately available, but Bangor Hydro Electric Company's website reported considerable outages in Hudson, Lagrange, Greenbush, Greenfield Township, Milo and Lake View Plantation as of 8:30 p.m. And Central Maine Power Co. reported outages in Somerset, Kennebec, Sagadahoc, Waldo and York counties.

The National Weather Service office in Caribou detected a strong storm in the Lagrange area around 5:30 p.m. and that it had received reports of trees and power lines down, according to meteorologist Chris Norcross.

Kirby Ellis of Ellis Greenhouse & Nursery in Hudson said there was considerable damage on his property. One greenhouse was blown off its foundation and into the road by wind, another had its side ripped off and a third collapsed with pieces of it found 200 yards away.

He said a 20-inch thick maple tree was snapped off about six feet from the ground, the tops of trees along the road were snapped off and a chimney on his house was blown down by the wind.

"I have lived here for over 30 years and I have never seen anything like this," he said.

The Penobscot County dispatch center reported it had received reports of trees and lines down and emergency crews were trying to remove fallen items from roads.

There have been no reports of injuries from the storm, according to the dispatch center.

The National Weather Service Office in Gray reported a strong thunder storm in the Pittsfield, Burnham area around 4 p.m. with quarter-size hail. Meteorologist Margaret Curtis said there were reports of trees and power lines down in that area.

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(c)2012 The Bangor Daily News, Bangor, Maine

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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