AUGUSTA — All Central Maine Power customers who lost electricity because of a brief but strong storm which brought high gusty winds, heavy rains and hail to parts of central Maine Saturday had their power back as of Sunday.

The storm toppled trees in Augusta, Winthrop, Wayne, Monmouth and other area communities, forcing some road closures, and by Saturday evening had knocked the electricity out to more than 2,300 CMP customers in Kennebec County. By Sunday afternoon, CMP reported it had no outages remaining in the county.

Augusta firefighters responded to six reports of lines down or trees on power lines between 3:30 p.m. and 4:08 p.m. Saturday.

Winthrop residents reported hail in parts of town, as did officials of the Augusta Country Club in Manchester.

The brief but heavy storm came as the Monmouth Fair was in full swing.

Paul Fox, superintendent of grounds for the fair, said the storm brought heavy rains, but not much wind and no hail to the fairgrounds around 3:30 p.m. He said attendees took cover in the exhibition hall and other covered areas until the rain passed and went back to enjoying the fair afterwards.

He said the Monmouth Fire Department was in the middle of preparing its bean hole bean supper at the fair when the storm came. Despite that, he said the beans were served following only a 10-minute delay.


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