Cleanup continues after strong storms rip through Maine, thousands still without power

Storm damage (WGME)

BRUNSWICK (WGME) -- Central Maine Power says they hope to restore power to most customers by Friday evening.

There are about 2,000 customers without power in Cumberland County and almost all of those are in Brunswick.

Bath Road was reopened shortly before 7:30 a.m. Crews worked diligently to remove debris and tree limbs.

A large tree came down on Bowdoin College's campus. Crews used chain saws to cut it up and remove it.

Brunswick schools also canceled class for the day Friday because they don't have power.

The storm was quick, but it packed a serious punch.

One Brunswick family saw several large trees come toppling down in their backyard.

“It started gradually moving over there, worked its way out behind the house. Went right over my house, grabbed all these trees and laid those right over,” Dale Perreault said.

Perreault has lived at the home on Hacker Road with his wife for 30 years. They were about 30 minutes from home when the storm rolled through

"I couldn't see to drive. Nobody could see to drive. Traffic was almost a stop,” Perreault said.

They came home to a mess.

"What's fallen over seems to be in the vicinity of about 10 or 12 trees, but they're very large trees. It just took them all,” Perreault said.

Not only were there downed trees but their brand-new shed was destroyed.

"It was bad, really bad,” Perreault said.

Perreault believes it was a microburst because the rest of their neighborhood wasn't touched.

"My brother lives out back and he has no damage at all,” Perreault said.

The damage in their backyard is extensive, but they’re thankful they were not hurt.

"I'm lucky. I'm lucky. We're really lucky,” Perreault said.

It's going to take weeks to get all of the damage taken care of.

Perreault called the National Weather Service. They will be coming there sometime Friday to determine if it was a microburst.

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