Severe thunderstorms moved through parts of Maine on Saturday afternoon, at times dropping hail and knocking out power.

Central Maine Power reported more than 6,700 customers without power at 3 p.m. That number was a small fraction of the utility’s 600,000 customers, with the outages concentrated in Piscataquis and York counties. Power had been restored to many people by 9 p.m., but 1,500 York County residents still had outages.

Versant Power, formerly Emera Maine, was not reporting any outages among its 163,000 customers in northern and eastern Maine.

The National Weather Service in Gray received reports of storm damage in Cumberland County in the early afternoon, mostly downed tree limbs in Bridgton and New Gloucester. One-inch hail was reported in southern Oxford County. The storm also moved through York County, where the weather service also expected to get reports of hail and high winds.

“As the sun sets on a day that has featured numerous showers and thunderstorms, a cold front will continue pushing through our area overnight tonight,” the weather service tweeted once the storms had passed. “This will bring a cooler and noticeably drier air mass for tomorrow.”

Meteorologist Michael Clair said the forecast for the upcoming week is mostly dry.

“We had 1.34 inches of rain near Bath,” Clair said. “If you do get the storms, it rains very hard for a while. They’ll offer some temporary relief, but overall, it doesn’t help the situation very much with it being dry.”

This story was updated at 2 p.m. on June 7 to clarify the number of CMP customers.


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