10/5/11 (AEIN) Strong gusts of wind brought in colder air and downed trees in the state of Maine on Wednesday afternoon. Scattered power outages and wind damage were reported while traffic was temporarily blocked on some roads where trees or tree branches fell.
As powerful wind gusts and bursts of rain moved through Maine in the mid-to-late afternoon, temperatures rapidly dropped several degrees. NOAA Weather Radio reported that frost and freeze advisories had been issued for the overnight hours in many parts of the state.
Twenty-four mile per hour winds with gusts to 36 MPH occurred at three o'clock in the state capitol Augusta, according to the National Weather Service. Stronger gusts of 38 MPH were observed in Portland and Bangor, while Greenville saw 40 MPH gusts at 3:00 PM.
As of four o'clock, Central Maine Power Company and Bangor Hydro both reported scattered power outages in the central, western, southern and east-central regions of the state. More outages and wind damage appear likely until the winds decrease overnight.