Severe thunderstorms – and a possible tornado – left more than 7,000 customers without power in York County today.

Bob Bohlmann, the director of the York County Emergency Managemen Agency, said the storms hit Limerick and Alfred particularly hard, knocking down trees and utility poles.

He said crews from Central Maine Power were surveying the damage to get a better sense of what needs to be done to restore power. At least 25 utility poles snapped, Bohlmann said. The utility hasn’t provided him with an estimate of when it will be able to restore power to most or all of its customers, he said.

The line of thunderstorms swept through the area around sundown Wednesday. Bohlmann said strong winds damaged the roof of a home in Alfred and another in Limerick. He said damage from the storm in Alfred, where a resident reported seeing a funnel cloud, suggests a tornado could have touched down, while the Limerick damage is more likely from high straight line winds than a twister.

Bohlmann said officials from the National Weather Service plan to meet with his team and will look at the damage as they investigate the possible tornado.

A few roads, most of them back roads, are closed, but a small section of U.S. 1 in Biddeford, near the connector to the Maine Turnpike, is closed due to trees and utility poles down in the road, Bohlmann said. Sections of Route 202 and Gore Road in Alfred; Patterson and Foss roads in Limerick; Elm Street in Springvale; and Walnut Hill Road in Shapleigh are still closed due to storm damage, he said.

The damage was concentrated in northern and western parts of the county, Bohlmann said