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Storms ripping through Maine topple trees, knock out power

Central Maine Power reported nearly 12,000 customers were without power around 6 p.m. Saturday.

MAINE, USA — Severe thunderstorms swept through Maine Saturday afternoon, toppling trees and knocking out power.

People from Rumford to Norway to Calais to Danforth saw strong winds, rain, and lightning.

As of 6 p.m., Central Maine Power reported just under 12,000 customers without power, mostly located in Cumberland, Kennebec, and Androscoggin Counties. That number dropped to 6,908 by 8:51 p.m.

Sanford had about 2,400 customers without electricity around 7:30 p.m. Captain Dwight Emmons with the fire department said "it's a mess right now."

He said there are two trees that fell on power lines. 

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One tree fell on lines at Shaw's Ridge Road, at the intersection of Route 202 and Route 224. He said it knocked out power to the traffic light at the major intersection leading into town.

He also said a large limb fell on a power pole at 825 Main St., snapping the pole. Main Street is closed between Lincoln Street and Summer Street.

Around 7:15 p.m. Emera Maine reported about 4,300 customers without power, with more than 1,000 out.

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Maine Forest Rangers helped to clear a downed tree across Route 1 in Danforth. 

More storms are expected to come through the state, moving towards the coast throughout the night.

If you can safely take any photos or videos of the storms coming through your area, or of the damage afterwards, please send them to NEWS CENTER Maine's Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/NEWSCENTERMAINE

This story will be updated.

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