A Versant Power lineman works to cut power to a live wire across Kidder Hill Road in Holden during a January 2022 storm. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

This story will be updated.

Strong winds whipping through the state have left thousands of Mainers without power on Wednesday night.

As of 9:15 p.m., approximately 39,746 Central Maine Power customers were without power, according to the utility’s outage map.

Most of those outages were located in Cumberland and Androscoggin counties, which were reporting a combined total of nearly 18,000 outages.

Fewer outages have been reported across Versant Power’s service area. As of 9:15 p.m., approximately 8,052 customers were without power.

The worst of Versant Power’s outages were scattered throughout the greater Bangor region and coastal Hancock County. A handful of outages were reported throughout northern Aroostook County.

High winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour are expected throughout the night, with gusts reaching up to 60 miles per hour at points, according to the National Weather Service.

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Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.