Heavy winds during Tuesday morning’s storm knocked over garbage cans and signs, like this one on in Topsham. John Terhune / The Times Record

A spring storm left as many as 20,000 Central Maine Power customers in the dark, the utility reported Tuesday morning.

“Strong wind gusts have uprooted trees and created outages as the trees fall onto the power lines, occasionally breaking utility poles,” said Adam Desrosiers, vice president Electric Operations for CMP, in a statement issued Tuesday. “Coastal areas have been hardest hit although we have seen outages inland as well.”

The company announced it has sent 212 contracted line workers and 105 tree crews in the field to combat outages.

High winds and rains took out trees and resulted in a road closing in Brunswick.

Deerfield Drive in Brunswick closed after two trees fell, taking down powerlines, according to Brunswick Public Works Director Lenny Petocchi.

Deerfield Drive is a dead-end, residential street off Old Bath Road in East Brunswick, near the West Bath border.


Petocchi said at around 3 p.m. that the road was reopened.

The Portland Press Herald reported that a coastal flood advisory was issued for areas of southern Maine including Cumberland, Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties, while wind gusts were predicted up to 60 mph.

In the Brunswick area, it was largely business as usual. Schools are closed for vacation, and the People Plus senior center and Bath YMCA were open for regular business with no reported power outages or closures according to staff.

Despite stormy conditions, the banks of the Kennebec River didn’t flood near Front Street in Bath. John Terhune / The Times Record

As of 11 a.m., there were 1,079 Central Maine Power customers without power in Brunswick, according to the company’s website. In Durham, one customer was without power. In Freeport, there were 1,817 customers without power.

Out of nearly 4,700 CMP customers in Harpswell, 1,505 lost power.

In Pownal, 96 customers were without power.


In total, there were 7,616 in Cumberland County in the dark.

As of 11:30 a.m., there were 782 CMP customers without power in Sagadahoc county, including 254 in Woolwich.

Two customers were without power in Bath. In Bowdoin, there were 288 customers without power, 35 in Phippsburg, 16 in Topsham and 187 in West Bath.

In Wiscasset, four customers were without power.

Three in Lisbon were in the dark.

Things had begun to improve by Tuesday afternoon, however.


As of 2:30 p.m., there were 41 CMP customers without power in Brunswick and 1,249 Freeport customers without power.

In Harpswell, there were 1,035 customers without power and 46 in Pownal.

In Pownal, there were 46 customers without power. In total, there were 2,876 in Cumberland County going without electricity.

For Sagadahoc county, there were 422 CMP customers without power as of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

In Bath, 31 customers were without power, in Bowdoin, 239; in Phippsburg, 38 ; in Topsham, five customers; in West Bath, 109 in Woolwich, one.

Lincoln County saw 250 without power as of 2:30 p.m. including four in Wiscasset and 203 customers in Androscoggin County including four in Lisbon.

The National Weather Service in Gray predicted sunny skies on Wednesday with a high near 54. However, the bureau warned of wind gusts as high as 30 mph.

Rain and wind from the storm left the Androscoggin River choppier than usual. John Terhune / The Times Record

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