BANGOR – High winds swept through the Penobscot region leaving a wake of destruction.
The storm left a mess taking down massive trees and branches and trapping residents in their homes.
“These winds have bought down some very large trees. And that’s the concern of these fall storms. You’ve got trees that have a lot of leaves on them, the ground isn’t frozen yet and winds like this can cause some significant damage and even the trees that look healthy,” said Judy Long, spokesperson for Versant Power.
The wind gusted up to 40 miles per hour leaving many people without any electricity.
According to Long, Versant Power started to receive outage reports early Wednesday morning.
“We had just over 1,000 after 8 am when the winds started to pick up. Around noon we were looking at about 12,000 outages,” said Long.
On Union Street, the storm demolished a tree.
And also a tree that once stood tall near Route 2 in Hermon was among others falling victim to the winds.
According to Long, first responders and Versant Power took action to get the power restored.
“We’ve been preparing, we are making sure we have crews deployed all throughout northern and eastern Maine and our first priority during a storm like this is always public safety issues like down power lines and trees on lines,” said Long.
Long urged people to stay safe and away from any kind of power lines.