A man holds a tarp as wind and rain from Tropical Storm Isaias sweeps through City Hall Plaza in Portland on Tuesday evening. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Tropical Storm Isaias left tens of thousands without power early Wednesday morning as it brought high winds and heavy rain to the region.

The bulk of those outages were concentrated in southern Maine, where Central Maine Power reported 71,873 outages, as of 8:45 a.m. Heaviest outages were clustered in Cumberland (20,731), Oxford (7,435) and York (23,116) counties. That’s down from a peak of 90,000.

Eastern and northern Maine were spared the brunt of the storm, as Isaias moved over western New England toward Canada on Wednesday morning. Versant Power reported only 129 outages across its service area, the bulk of them in Hancock County. That’s down from 800 early Wednesday morning.

That’s despite winds becoming strong at times, with 41 mph gusts reported in Bangor, 36 mph in Bar Harbor, 41 mph in Castine and 47 mph in Greenville, according to the National Weather Service office in Caribou.

A wind advisory remained in effect for eastern and northern Maine until 4 a.m.

Fair weather will return to Maine through the weekend, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s.