SUNDAY THUNDERSTORMS KNOCK OUT POWER

by Christian Mower on June 3, 2013

THUNDERSTORMS MOVING THROUGH THE VALLEY SUNDAY AFTERNOON (JUNE 2, 2013) KNOCKED OUT POWER FOR ELECTRIC CUSTOMERS IN NORTH CONWAY AND POINTS NORTH. EYEWITNESS RON FRIZZELL SAYS THE POWER WENT OUT SHORTLY AFTER 4 P.M. IN NORTH CONWAY VILLAGE NORTH TO BARTLETT, CAUSING RESTAURANTS TO CLOSE EARLY. THE POWER WAS RESTORED AROUND 6:15 P.M.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGIST BOB MARINE IN GRAY, MAINE SAYS A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS HIT THE VALLEY AREA AROUND 4 P.M. SUNDAY IN ADVANCE OF A COLD FRONT EXPECTED TO MOVE THROUGH THE AREA MONDAY. MARINE SAYS THERE WERE NUMEROUS REPORTS OF WIND DAMAGE AND TREES DOWN FROM THE VALLEY AREA AND WESTERN MAINE BUT NO REPORTS OF TORNADOES. THE WEATHER SERVICE WILL SURVEY SOME OF THE DAMAGED AREAS MONDAY TO GET MORE SPECIFIC INFORMATION.

NEW HAMPSHIRE ELECTRIC CO-OP SPOKESMAN SETH WHEELER SAYS POWER WAS LOST THROUGH THE INTERVALE SUBSTATION AFTER A TREE FELL ON A LINE SUNDAY AFTERNOON, CUTTING POWER TO 6,000 CUSTOMERS, WHO HAD BEEN RESTORED BY MONDAY MORNING.

THE CONWAY POLICE LOG INDICATES EMERGENCY PERSONNEL WERE CALLED TO NUMEROUS INCIDENTS SHORTLY AFTER 4 P.M. SUNDAY, INCLUDING CONWAY FIRE TO A REPORTED BURNING TREE AT 10 EAST SIDE RD. THAT RESULTED IN THE ROAD BEING AT LEAST PARTIALLY CLOSED FOR NEARLY FOUR HOURS, A TREE ON THE WIRES AT CRANMORE SHORES NEAR K ST. AND A DEFECTIVE ALARM. EAST CONWAY FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED FOR TREES IN THE ROAD NEAR THE FIRE POND, NORTH CONWAY FIREFIGHTERS FOR A BLOWN TRANSFORMER AND AN ALARM, AND REDSTONE FIREFIGHTERS FOR A TREE ON WIRES NEAR FEIN DR.

SHORTLY AFTER 5:30 P.M. SUNDAY, CONWAY FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED TO A HOUSE AT 17 NORTH RD. THAT HAD REPORTEDLY BEEN HIT BY LIGHTNING. THE HOUSE WAS EVACUATED AFTER SMOKE, BUT NOT FIRE, WAS FOUND. FIREFIGHTERS FOUND A SIDE OF THE HOUSE WAS CHARRED AND THEY RETURNED TO THE ADDRESS MONDAY TO CONTINUE THEIR INVESTIGATION.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED NUMEROUS THUNDERSTORM WATCHES AND WARNINGS THROUGHOUT THE DAY SUNDAY – AND EVEN SOME FLASH FLOOD AND TORNADO WARNINGS FOR PARTS OF MAINE.

SMALL BRANCHES AND LEAVES COULD BE SEEN ON SOME ROADS IN CONWAY MONDAY MORNING.

IN FRYEBURG, MAINE FISH ST. WAS REPORTED CLOSED TO TRAFFIC SUNDAY SHORTLY AFTER 9 P.M. DUE TO DOWNED POWER LINES AND DEBRIS. IT HAS SINCE RE-OPENED. THE MAINE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION REPORTED LATE MONDAY MORNING ROUTE 113B IS CLOSED FROM ROUTE 113 TO THE NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE LINE BECAUSE OF FALLEN TREES.

SHORTLY BEFORE NOON MONDAY, CENTRAL MAINE POWER COMPANY REPORTED JUST MORE THAN 5,300 CUSTOMERS SYSTEM WIDE – DOWN FROM A PEAK OF 31,000 SUNDAY EVENING – REMAINED WITHOUT POWER, INCLUDING ABOUT 2,200 IN OXFORD COUNTY. A SPOKESPERSON SAID THE COMPANY WAS MOVING MORE CREWS TOWARD THE HARDER HIT TOWNS IN WESTERN MAINE AND EXPECTED TO HAVE EVERYONE RESTORED BY MONDAY EVENING.