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Powerful winds bring power outages to northern New England

February 9, 2019

Powerful winds are buffeting northern New England, causing several thousand power outages.

Meteorologist James Brown from the National Weather Service said a cold front brought blustery conditions to the region Friday night and Saturday.

He said gusts include a 56 mph recording in Meredith, New Hampshire, 53 mph at Matinicus off the Maine coast, and 51 mph in Bethel and Augusta, Maine.

But those pale in comparison to a peak gust of 148 mph atop New Hampshire’s Mount Washington. That’s the biggest wind recorded in over a decade at the Mount Washington Observatory.

Central Maine Power is reporting that about 5,000 customers are in the dark. Other utilities are reporting scattered power outages.

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