Powerful wind gusts, some of which exceeded 45 mph, sent trees tumbling onto power lines and knocked out power to hundreds of Central Maine Power Co. customers on Thursday.

Local police departments investigated reports of electrical wires in roadways in several towns, including Standish, North Yarmouth and Kennebunkport.

As of 7:25 p.m. more than 2,000 CMP customers had lost their electrical service. However, those winds were expected to die down Thursday night and calm by Friday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Kimble said the strongest wind gust in Portland – 47 mph – occurred around 2:30 p.m.

Brunswick recorded a wind gust of 46 mph at 1:04 p.m. while Thomaston in midcoast Maine reported a wind gust of 51 mph at 9:42 a.m.

Kimble said the wind gusts started intensifying around 2 p.m. Wednesday and continued to grow stronger with the highest wind speeds taking place throughout the day on Thursday.

To view the total number of power outages in each county, click here.