A late October nor-easter pummeled the Midcoast Wednesday, Oct. 27, knocking out power to thousands of homes and breaking boats from their moorings.

Winds gusting to 45 miles per hour from the north/northeast caused damage across Knox County.

Central Maine Power reported more than 4,000 customers without power early Wednesday. Most of the outages were in Union, Washington, Appleton, Hope, and Rockland. At points during Tuesday night and early Wednesday other towns in the region had outages.

The storm also resulted in two sailboats and a fishing boat coming ashore in the South End of Rockland. The sailboat Summer Salt grounded out at Sandy Beach in Rockland. Within a hundred feet was a fishing boat up against the rocks below Archer’s on the Pier, and closer to the Dragon Products property another sailboat was on the rocks.

The harbormaster said six boats in total in Rockland Harbor, both on the Rockland side and Owls Head side, had broken their moorings. He said it was a busy night and he expected the day to continue busy as the winds continued to blow strong.

Emergency crews in the Hope area also responded to a house fire Wednesday morning on the Robbins Road in Hope. Flames were shooting out the doors and windows when crews arrived. The occupant was able to get out of the house.

In Owls Head, a tree fell on the home of Janet and Gordon Page. It is unknown how much damage was caused, but no one was hurt.

A tree fell on the home of Janet and Gordon Page in Owls Head, Oct. 27. Photo by Janet Page

A tree obstructs one lane of Gillette Road in Hope Oct. 27 following an autumn storm. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

This boat came ashore below Archer’s on the Pier in Rockland. Photo by Stephen Betts

Boat ashore below Archer’s on the Pier in Rockland. Photo by Stephen Betts

A boat washed up on the beach Oct. 27 following the storm overnight. Photo by Stephen Betts

A boat on the beach Oct. 27. Photo by Stephen Betts