Hundreds of households across Maine remained without power Tuesday evening following a powerful spring storm that brought heavy rain, strong winds and some snow over the course of the day.

Wind gusts of over 50 mph were reported, and up to 2 inches of rain fell in parts of Maine. Snowfall totals were low in interior sections after the storm dumped several inches in states to the south and west.

CMP said a total of 46,679 customers lost power during the storm, with outages peaking at 29,500 during the morning. The utility had restored power to about 90 percent of its customers by Tuesday evening, CMP spokesperson Catharine Hartnett said in a statement. Nearly 5,000 households in CMP’s service territory were without power at 5 p.m., but that number had dropped to 720 by 7:30 p.m.

Versant Power, which serves northern and Downeast Maine, reported nearly 4,000 outages late Tuesday afternoon, concentrated in northern Penobscot and Piscataquis counties, and in Aroostook, Hancock and Washington counties. That number had dropped to 1,865 by 7:30 p.m.

Hartnett said line crews would work through the night to restore power to those still without it, but warned that some areas of Brunswick and Wiscasset might not have power restored until noon Wednesday.

Versant Power said that some of its customers might not have electricity restored until Wednesday morning.


“Versant Power crews have had a busy day repairing damage to the electrical system. Strong winds and wind gusts brought down a number of trees and tree limbs onto power lines,” Versant Power said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “If your power is still out at 10 p.m. please expect to be out overnight.”

Tuesday’s storm was far reaching. The Associated Press reported that it dumped 6 inches or more of heavy, wet snow on parts of Pennsylvania, upstate New York and northern New England on Tuesday.

Waves break over the sea wall at Middle Beach in Kennebunk as a car drives along Beach Avenue during high tide on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. A spring storm caused coastal flooding and strong winds brought down trees causing power outages throughout the state. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

Storm-driven winds snapped tree limbs and cut power to more than 250,000 customers in those states. Some higher-elevation areas in upstate New York had 14 inches of snow by mid-morning, though accumulations were less in lower areas. Close to 200,000 customers were without electricity in New York state by midday, and 47,000 were without power in northeast Pennsylvania.

Though snowfall amounts in Maine were low, the storm brought strong wind gusts. Gusts of 50 to 60 mph toppled trees in many areas, including in Leeds, Cape Elizabeth and Gorham, CMP said on Twitter.

The Portland International Jetport reported a gust of 52 mph at 6:30 a.m., and Rockland recorded a gust of 53 mph at 8 a.m. But the most powerful gust in the region – 142 mph at 8:08 a.m. – was recorded on Mount Washington in New Hampshire.

Legro said most of the state got a soaking rain Tuesday. The town of Waldo, near Belfast, got 2 inches of rainfall, Sanford reported 1.5 inches; Kennebunk, 1.4 inches; Scarborough, 1.15 inches, and Bath, 1.03 inches.

Snowfall amounts in the higher elevations totaled 1 to 3 inches, Legro said.

Wednesday’s forecast for the Portland area is calling for mostly dry weather, some sunshine and temperatures in the mid 50s, but it will remain breezy.

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