May 24, 2020

Storm leaves Fort Fairfield in the dark Erratic squalls pummel County

FORT FAIRFIELD – Trees crashed to the ground and power was disrupted in some parts of Aroostook County on Tuesday afternoon and into the evening, as severe showers and thunderstorms pummeled the region.

Chris Norcross, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Caribou, said Wednesday the wicked weather targeted towns throughout the county, hitting some areas much worse than others.

“We had reports of trees down in Caribou and in Blaine, and in the Sherman Mills area,” he said. “The storms mainly hit the northwest part of The County in the midafternoon and continued into the evening.”

One of the most significant power outages occurred in Fort Fairfield, Virginia Joles, spokeswoman for Maine Public Service Co., said Wednesday.

Although the number of customers affected was not available at press time, some residents said they remained in the dark for much of Tuesday evening.

“I’d say my power went out a little before 7:30 p.m.,” said Janet Owens, who lives on Currier Road. “It was still out when I went to bed, so I think it was out until close to midnight.”

Heidi Nicholson, deputy clerk at the Fort Fairfield town office, was in Presque Isle when she lost power at her home in the center of town.

She returned from her trip to find her house in darkness.

“My power didn’t come back on until about 10 minutes before midnight,” she said Wednesday. “I heard that other people didn’t get their power back on until 2 a.m. or so.”

Lightning and rain squalls have hit the area for the past few days. On Monday afternoon and into the evening, the skies darkened ominously as high winds, lightning, wind and hail swept through the region.

The weather service reported that Monday’s storm dumped pea-sized hail in the Hodgdon area, while hail the size of a quarter was reported in Bridgewater.

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