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Severe winds put thousands in the dark

PENOBSCOT COUNTY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It was a busy work day Thursday for fireman, city workers and utility line crews, as hurricane force winds swept through several areas of Penobscot County.

Winds during the morning hours reached gusts of up to 65mph in towns like Old Town where part of General Rental Center's roof was blown away. In most cases power lines were taken down by downed trees. Bangor City Worker, David Rice responded to almost 20 incidents where that happened before noon.

"Fairly good sized limbs. Four or five of them were whole trees that came down," said Rice.

The trees that took power lines down with them effected power for thousands. Bangor Hydro Electric Company reported up to 18,000 without power at some points during the day. Bangor Hydro Spokeswoman, Susan Faloon, was up at 3am Thursday morning to respond to all the calls her offices were receiving.

"Our crews have really been battling," said Faloon. "They'll make some ground and get a big circuit restored just to have another one go out."

Faloon expects that some customers could be without power as late as Friday. If you have an outage you can report it several ways. One interesting way is by using your smart phone, if you have one. Type into the web browser of your phone, and use your account number to report your outage.