2-inch hail reported in York

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LEWISTON — More than 20 severe thunderstorm warnings were issued throughout Maine Tuesday, but Androscoggin County missed out on hail and damaging winds that plagued areas to the south, west, east and north.

Storms passed through York, Portland, Windham, Eustis, Jackman, North Rumford, Mexico, Brunswick, Rockland, Camden and Augusta, but Androscoggin County seemed to be “a hole” in the line of storms, said meteorologist Margaret Curtis of the National Weather Service in Gray. By 6 p.m. Tuesday, Androscoggin County was clear of the storm path.

According to Curtis, damaging winds took down trees in New Hampshire as well as in Solon and Embden in Somerset County. Reports of trees on power lines were reported in that county, which had tornado warnings just last week.

“I’m sure we’ll have reports of trees down in other areas as well,” Curtis said.

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York reported hail 2 inches in diameter and Portland saw 1-inch hail, she said. Central Maine Power reported 5,000 customers without power by 6 p.m. Brunswick and other areas were under severe thunderstorm warnings until 8 p.m., Curtis said.

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