A storm system brought heavy rain and wind gusts up to 50 mph Tuesday evening, knocking out power to more than 13,500 Central Maine Power customers.

A high wind warning was in effect until 11 Tuesday night in western Maine and southeastern New Hampshire.

“We’ve seen quite a few gusts right into the 50s,” said National Weather Service meteorologist James Brown. “That’s a pretty strong wind. We actually did see some winds over the water that were in the 60s. We’ve got Matinicus Rock at 61. But most of the inland winds have been in the 40s and 50s – some good strong gusts.”

Winds gusting to 50 mph can down trees, large limbs, power lines and other objects.

Shortly before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Central Maine Power Co. reported that the number of customers without electricity was down to 2,374.

Emera Maine, which serves much of northern and eastern Maine, was reporting 8,376 outages.

Most of the heavy rain moved through the Portland area by 7 p.m., Brown said.

The weather service and the Portland Police Department said there had been no reports of flooding in the area.

Wednesday will bring high temperatures in the low 40s to Portland, with lows sinking back into the mid-20s, Brown said. It will be a little cooler on Thursday. The next chance for snow will be Saturday, when the area enters another unsettled period that may bring some snow showers. But there are no big storms on the horizon, Brown said.


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