PORTLAND — Overnight storms that brought high winds and heavy rains to Maine have left thousands without power.

Central Maine Power reports nearly 10,000 customers without power Wednesday morning. The hardest hit areas were the Kennebec County communities of Winthrop, Vassalboro and Wayne.

Bangor Hydro Electric Co. reported about 8,700 outages, most in Hancock and Penobscot counties.

Bangor Hydro says crews are expected to take most of the day to fix the damage caused by high winds that downed tree limbs.

Customers are reminded to stay clear of fallen power lines and trees touching them.

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