BANGOR, Maine — For the second consecutive day, late afternoon and early evening thunderstorms knocked electrical service out to thousands of Maine utility customers.
As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, Central Maine Power’s website showed nearly 5,500 outages, the lion’s share of them in Cumberland County, which had nearly 3,500 customers out, and York County, which had slightly more than 1,500.
Meanwhile, 473 Emera Maine customers were waiting to have their service restored. Most of those affected — about 410 of them — were in Littleton and Monticello.
By 9 p.m., however, CMP had knocked the number of outages down to fewer than 3,300 and Emera Maine down to only 51, according to their online outage maps.
Tuesday’s storms brought hail the size of golf balls to York, according to the National Weather Service, which noted that the hail that fell for 8 minutes there measured nearly 2 inches in diameter.
Westbrook saw hail of 1.5 inches in diameter, while roughly 1-inch diameter ice balls fell in Dyer Brook and Littleton in northern Maine to Rumford and Cumberland in the southern part of the state.
In addition, Oxford had winds of 60 mph, the weather service reported.