By 6:45 p.m., calls came rolling in to Central Maine Power, reporting power outages, blown transformers and downed lines across roads.

A reported 1,739 Central Maine Power customers across Androscoggin County were without power by 7:30 p.m. Technicians were called out to assist and repair lines as quickly as possible.

According to Chris Kimble of the National Weather Service in Gray, an estimated half an inch of rain fell, mostly around 7 p.m. Wind speeds hovered between 40 and 50 mph for most of the day, toppling trees and downing powerlines.

The temperatures rose throughout the day, starting at below freezing and reaching 50 degrees Fahrenheit in Lewiston later in the day. 

Though the roads were in good shape, driving was still less than ideal due to heavy winds and flooding, causing occasional hydroplaning and making vehicles more difficult to control because of wind gusts.

The American Red Cross recommends stocking these items in the event of bad weather: blankets, flashlights, water, nonperishable food, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, medications, personal hygiene products and tools. 

The Red Cross also recommends that you keep your cellphone charged and fill your gas tank, as well as ensure that any medical devices are in proper working order. 


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