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Fierce wind knocks out power in northern New England

February 25, 2019

Powerful winds are buffeting northern New England with gusts approaching 60 mph (97 kph), knocking out electricity and causing a tractor-trailer to veer out of control.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Margaret Curtis said wind gusts in the 40s and 50s were common across the region Monday, with gusts hitting 55 mph (89 kph) in Newington, New Hampshire, and 53 mph in Portland, Maine. Atop New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, a gust of 145 mph (233 kph) was recorded.

State Police say a trucker blamed wind for causing his tractor-trailer loaded with bananas to swerve and overturn on the Maine Turnpike in Wells.

Central Maine Power reported that 6,000 customers were in the dark. In New Hampshire, Eversource had about 7,600 customers without power, while Green Mountain Power had 2,300 outages in Vermont.