About 22,000 people were without power throughout the day Sunday as storms and heavy winds moved through the region, mostly in areas along the coast.

High winds that began in the early morning uprooted trees and knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses during the day. The number of outages peaked at nearly 15,000 around 10 a.m. Sunday.

According to a Central Maine Power representative, Cumberland County was hardest hit with more than 5,500 homes without power during the peak of the outage about 11 a.m.

In Androscoggin County, only 437 homes were without power, mainly in the areas of Greene, Durham and Sabattus. Oxford County reported just 23 outages, and Franklin County reported none.

As of Sunday evening, CMP reported that approximately 3,600 customers were still without power. The company expected to have power restored to all customers by midnight Monday.

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