Tornado Touches Down In Aroostook County [VIDEO]
The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Aroostook County on Monday.
The agency issued a tornado warning for northeastern Aroostook County Monday evening. In an update released at 6:30 p.m., forecasters said a confirmed tornado was spotted near Limestone.
A tornado warning also was issued for southeastern Franklin County on Monday. WABI meteorologist Arielle Whooley said there were a few reports of funnel clouds, but the weather service has not confirmed that a tornado touched down.
Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for a number of Maine counties on Monday. The entire state was under a severe thunderstorm watch for much of the day.
In many of the advisories issued by the weather service, forecasters said the storms were capable of producing 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-size hail.
At 4:15 p.m., Emera Maine reported 2,145 power outages, mostly in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties.
The utility said strong gusty winds and torrential rains caused trees and branches to come down onto power lines.
WGME meteorologist Charlie Lopresti on Monday shared a video of a tornado in Aroostook County: