High winds, and an astronomical high tide battered the region Friday, Dec. 23.

The winds knocked out electricity for nearly 10,000 homes and businesses across Knox County during the peak late Friday into Saturday.

Water came onshore at Harbor Park in Rockland, cutting off one access road near the Eclipse of the Pearl Restaurant.

The Rockland Breakwater was underwater as the seas rose to an astronomical high tide coupled with the powerful winds gusting in excess of 60 miles per hour.

High tide occurred shortly after 10 a.m. Friday.

Central Maine Power reported 984 outages in Knox County shortly after 10 a.m. with Cushing, Thomaston, and Washington the hardest hit. Numerous trees were down, blocking roads and knocking out electricity across the region. That number rose to 9,594 by 10:30 p.m. Nearly every community was affected.

Interim Rockland Harbormaster Molly Eddy said Thursday evening, Dec. 22 that she had contacted owners of boats still in the harbor. She said O’Hara marina had hauled in 16 vessels for people that day.

In Thomaston, half a sugar maple tree came down on Beechwood Street around noon on Friday, blocking the street. Select Board member and town Tree Warden Peter Lammert said crews had to turn off the electricity for the street while they removed the tree and fixed the power lines.

Lammert said the crews had quite a bit of work to do to get the power back on. “It’s so frustrating to see how long it’s taking,” he said.

In St. George, Town Manager Rick Erb said there was some road erosion, particularly along Drift Inn Road with repairs expected to be completed by New Year’s Eve. There was some minor damage to town floats in Port Clyde.

This storm rivals the Patriot’s Day storm of April 2007.

A tree is down across the road on Beechwood Street in Thomaston during the storm Friday, Dec. 23. Photo by Peter Lammert

The Rockland Breakwater is under water Friday morning, Dec. 23. Photo by Stephen Betts

The Rockland public landing at high tide Friday morning, Dec. 23. Photo by Stephen Betts

Debris washing across an access road to Rockland Harbor Park. Photo by Stephen Betts

The end of Crescent Beach Road in Owls Head was flooded.

A large culvert broke loose during the storm at the end of Crescent Beach Road in Owls Head. Photo by Janet Page

The scene in Port Clyde on Dec. 26. Photo by Stephen Betts

North End Shipyard off Front Street in Rockland. Photo by Stephen Betts

The end of Crescent Beach Road in Owls Head was flooded. The house barely visible in the photograph is one found by FEMA to be in violation of floodplain regulations. The town is pursuing legal action for the owner to correct the situation. Photo by Stephen Betts

The Lindsey Brook outlet in the back of Main Street in Rockland. Photo by Kyle Swan

A large limb of a tree broke on Limerock Street in Rockland broke off during the Dec. 23 storm. Photo by Stephen Betts

Repair vehicles in Port Clyde on Dec. 26. Photo by Stephen Betts

Rockland Public Services takes down a tree in the Custom House parking lot after the tree began losing limbs during Friday’s storm. Photo by Stephen Betts