Strong winds knock out power to thousands of Mainers, including Portland Head Light
CAPE ELIZABETH (WGME) -- Tuesday night's strong winds and heavy rain knocked out the power for thousands of homes in Maine, including Portland Head Light.
Gusts rolled in from the east ahead of a cold front, escalating in strength throughout the night to average speeds of 35 to 45 miles per hour across the state, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou and Gray. Winds peaked in the 50 mph in Portland and Augusta, and reached an overall high of 61 mph in Lubec around 4 a.m., forecasters said.
Portland Head Light was out for several hours Wednesday morning after the storm came through.
Almost 800 customers in Cape Elizabeth lost power.
At the height of the storm more than 3,600 power customers lost power.
The Coast Guard says Portland Head Light is powered by a backup generator but they believe it ran out of fuel.
The Coast Guard did send a message out warning mariners.
Almost 900 CMP customers are still without power.
Callie Ferguson with the Bangor Daily News contributed to this report.