ELLSWORTH — A strong fall nor’easter brought heavy rain and wind gusts reaching up to 60 mph to Maine early Thursday morning, knocking down trees and power lines across the state.
As of 11 a.m., Emera Maine was reporting 20,806 outages in Hancock County and 7,673 in Washington County, including roughly 1,700 in Blue Hill, 3,000 in Deer Isle-Stonington and 1,100 in Hancock. On Mount Desert Island, more than 5,000 were reportedly without power. Central Maine Power was reporting 2,000 customers without power in Orland.
Winds ranged between 41 and 60 mph in Hancock County and 37 to 49 mph in Washington County, according to the National Weather Service. A high wind warning remains in effect for coastal regions.
Schools in Regional School Unit 24, Regional School Unit 25 and Hancock and on Mount Desert Island are closed today.
Showers are expected to linger in the late afternoon before tapering off tonight.