STORM BRINGS HAIL AND WIND

by Christian Mower on June 24, 2013

A METEOROLOGIST WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAY, MAINE SAYS A DISTURBANCE MOVING THROUGH THE VALLEY AREA INTO WESTERN MAINE LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON CAUSED HIGH WINDS AND QUARTER-SIZED HAIL IN SOME AREAS.

BOB MARINE SAYS THERE WERE SOME THUNDERSTORMS THAT CAUSED LOCALLY SEVERE WEATHER STARTING AROUND 3 P.M. IN THE VALLEY AREA AND CONTINUING PAST 8 P.M. IN SOME AREAS IN MAINE.

MARINE SAYS THERE WAS ENOUGH UNSTABLE AIR TO CREATE THE THUNDERSTORMS. HE SAYS TEMPERATURES COULD GET INTO THE LOW 90s MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013 AND TUESDAY, WITH THE RISK OF THUNDERSTORMS POPPING UP AGAIN. TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO FALL INTO THE 70s LATER IN THE WEEK, BUT MARINE SAYS THE HIGH HUMIDITY WILL PERSIST.

IN MAINE, THE CUMBERLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS A 25-YEAR-OLD NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE WOMAN AND TWO OTHER PEOPLE BECAME AIRBORNE AFTER A LIGHTNING STRIKE AT THE POINT SEBAGO RESORT IN CASCO LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

CAPT. CRAIG SMITH SAYS ERIN LEDOUX WAS WATCHING THE STORM NEAR SEBAGO LAKE WITH TWO FRIENDS WHEN A NEARBY PINE TREE WAS HIT BY LIGHTNING AROUND 5:30 P.M.

LEDOUX WAS THROWN ONTO SOME ROCKS AND LOST CONSCIOUSNESS – SHE WAS PULLED FROM THE LAKE AND REGAINED CONSCIOUSNESS. SHE WAS TREATED AT THE SCENE BY CASCO RESCUE AND THEN TAKEN TO BRIDGTON HOSPITAL, WHERE SHE WAS REPORTED TO BE IN STABLE CONDITION. HER TWO FRIENDS WERE NOT HURT.

THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF MAJOR POWER OUTAGES FROM THE STORM.

THE MAINE DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION REPORTED TREES DOWN ON ROUTE 113 SHORTLY BEFORE 6 P.M. SUNDAY NEAR THE WEST FRYEBURG CEMETERY THAT REDUCED TRAFFIC DOWN TO ONE LANE.

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