About 2,000 Emera Maine customers who were without electricity following a powerful storm this week had services restored Thursday afternoon, including more than 1,000 in Hancock County, the company said.

Officials issued an update on the company's restoration efforts Thursday at 4:20 p.m.

The release said that crews had restored power to about 80 percent of customers in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties who remained without electricity as of Wednesday morning.

The company expected to restore power to 90 percent of affected customers in northern Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties by 10 p.m. Thursday, with almost all remaining customers restored by end of day Friday.

Crews expected to restore service to 90 percent of affected customers in southern Penobscot and Hancock Counties by 10 p.m. Friday, with almost all remaining customers restored by end of day Saturday.

Emera Maine's live outage map showed more than 19,000 outages as of 7 p.m. Thursday, all due to the strong gusty winds produced by the storm.

Emera's peak number of outages Monday was 90,000. Including Central Maine Power, nearly half a million customers across the state lost service due to the storm.

Winds gusted in excess of 65 mph in Penobscot and Hancock Counties. In Cumberland County, wind speeds reached at least 69 mph.