Wind gusts wreak havoc

By Beth A. Birmingham | Apr 24, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham A fallen tree is cut up and removed from Calderwood Road in Washington after wind gusts brought it down over some power lines April 24.

Washington, Waldoboro and Cushing were three areas along the Midcoast that dealt with problems from the gusting winds Thursday, April 24.

At about 12:30 p.m., Washington Fire Department received a call of a tree that had fallen across some utility wires off Calderwood Road.

Fire Chief Tom Johnston reported there was fire where the high line had landed on a tree which was quickly extinguished once the power was shut down by Central Maine Power.

"We were standing by in case the fire arched off the tree and started a ground fire," said Johnston. "If it arched off we could have been in trouble," he added.

The road was closed for an hour while the tree was removed and wires were secured.

According to Gail Rice, media spokeswoman for CMP, 32 customers were without power for approximately 90 minutes.

Knox County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene as well.

At approximately 1:15 p.m., Cushing Fire Department was called to a tree down across Cushing Road.

Personnel responded with a saw and quickly removed the tree. Traffic had been cut to one lane for about 30 minutes.

Mirror Lake in Rockport looked more like the ocean with its whitecaps breaking up on land.

The strong winds also brought down a tree atop a house on Goshen Road in Waldoboro. It managed to miss the windows, but ripped off the telephone wire box and poked a softball-size hole in the roof.

No one was injured.

The National Weather Service in Gray had issued a warning of high wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour which could produce power outages and down tree limbs in the area for April 24.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

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