MAINE, USA — What started out as a bright sunny Saturday quickly shifted to tornado warnings, severe thunderstorm warnings, and power outages for Mainers across the state.
Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for Kennebec, Lincoln, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington counties. A tornado warning was issued for parts of Knox and Waldo counties around 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
NEWS CENTER Maine meteorologists said that lightning, hail, and rain hit several areas across the state. Some areas experienced strong wind gusts that topped 60 miles per hour.
These storms caused power outages. As of 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Central Maine Power is reporting more than 8,200 customers without power and that number could grow as storms move across the area. Versant Power, which covers much of northern and Downeast Maine, reports 109 total customers affected by power outages as of 6:23 p.m.
POSSIBLE TORNADO FUNNEL CLOUD IN LINCOLNVILLE MAINE
Meteorologist Mike Slifer said the line of storms is stretched from Skowhegan to Litchfield at one point. He said the storms contained lightning, heavy rain, and strong gusts and/or hail.
If you have photos or video of the storm in your area, or can shoot pictures or video on your phone safely, you can send it to us using the Near ME section of the NEWS CENTER Maine mobile app, which is free to download in the App Store or Google Play.
In the app, select the "Near Me" feature and upload your pictures or video and tell us where you shot it.
Below are some examples of images people across Maine have already sent to NEWS CENTER Maine.
PHOTO GALLERY OF HEAVY WEATHER IN MAINE SATURDAY: