A mix of rain, snow and high winds has knocked out power to thousands of Mainers Thursday morning.

Heavy rain is falling along the coast this morning, but up to a foot of snow is expected in the mountains and northern areas. Wind gusts up to 50 mph are likely throughout the morning and early afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service reported wind gusts of 44 mph had been recorded in Portland by 9 a.m.

More than 19,000 Central Maine Power customers were without power at 10:40 a.m. and that number could rise, said Catharine Hartnett, a spokesperson for Central Maine Power.

About 8,000 of the outages are in the mid-coast area, Hartnett said. Sagadahoc County was hardest hit, with more than 5,200 outages reported by CMP. There were more than 3,000 outages in Cumberland County and York County had more than 2,000 outages at 10:40 a.m.

Hartnett said 85 CMP crews and 70 contractors were out Thursday morning assessing damage and starting restoration, but the high winds make restoration difficult for crews.

“It’s challenging and dangerous to put bucket trucks up in the air when the wind is gusty,” she said.

Emera Maine reported 1,600 customers were without power at 10 a.m., many of them around Deer Isle and Blue Hill.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for parts of Oxford and Somerset counties, where 5 to 10 inches of heavy, wet snow are expected. That warning remains in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday.

The weather service also issued a warning that very strong winds will cause hazardous seas that could capsize or damage boats and reduce visibility.

In Portland, West Commercial Street is closed between the Casco Bay Bridge and Veterans Memorial Bridge because of an issue with a sewer pipe.

This story will be updated.

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