High winds throughout Maine knocked out power to thousands of customers in 167 cities and towns and shut down many area schools.

The winds brought down trees and heavy rains caused some flooding.

Power outages began around midnight and by morning more than 62,000 customers were without power. CMP spokesperson Gail Rice said that as of around 9:00 a.m., there are about 25,000 customers without power in Cumberland County, which was the hardest hit. Outages have also occurred in Androscoggin, Sagadahoc and Kennebec counties.

Line crews are working to restore the power in heavily hit areas. They are concentrating on the Bath/Brunswick area to de-energize live wires that have been knocked down. CMP estimates that there are approximately 40 broken poles and they expect to find more throughout the day.

Schools are closed in Georgetown, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Gorham, Portland, School Adminsitrative District 6 and Yarmouth because of power outages.

The National Weather Service has issued high wind, storm and flood advisories for much of Maine, with a peak wind gust of 63 mph reported at the Portland International Jetport.