Thunderstorms tore through northwestern sections of central Maine late Sunday afternoon, knocking out power and downing trees, but no reports of serious damage were immediately made.

Central Maine Power Co. reported 17,737 customers without power statewide at 7:40 p.m., mostly in Oxford, Franklin, Somerset and Penobscot counties.

Franklin County had 3,803 outages, mostly in the Rangeley and Jay areas. Somerset County had 3,423 customers without power, primarily in St. Albans, Madison and Ripley.

Kennebec County saw 598 customers cut off at 5:55 p.m., mostly in the Benton and Vienna areas.

A tornado warning was briefly issued by the National Weather Service, as a possible twister was being tracked from Kingfield to Bingham, according to the Associated Press, but confirmation was not available Sunday evening.

Flash flood warnings posted for Somerset and Franklin counties were set to expire Sunday evening.

Emergency responders reported tree limbs down and other damage from the storm, but no reports of major damage had been reported by 8 p.m. Sunday.

Additional storms were expected across the region overnight, heralding cooler weather, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures across the region were expected to be in the upper 60s, with relatively clear skies, over the next five days.

 

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