Over 24,000 Central Maine Power customers were left without electricity yesterday after a band of strong thunderstorms crossed the state.

Winds were gusting as high as 70 miles per hour in Southern Maine on Thursday, causing trees to fall and limbs to snap. Property and vehicles were damaged and power lines pulled down in the strong storms.

This morning's outage report on CMP's website reported 9,485 customers still without power, as of 6:42 a.m. As a result, Brunswick schools and Martel Elementary in Lewiston were unable to open for the day. Crews are working to restore power as quickly as possible, but it involves some tree removal and replacement of lines so could take some time.

Find more outage information on the CMP outage map.

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