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Wind gusts take down trees, cause power outages in St. John Valley

ST. JOHN VALLEY, Maine – A home on North Perley Brook Road was damaged by toppled trees and vehicles in St. Agatha and Madawaska were also hit by fallen trees during a thunderstorm Monday night, July 4, in the St. John Valley.

Wind gusts reaching 50 miles per hour during the thunderstorm took down trees from Fort Kent to Van Buren, according to the National Weather Service’s Caribou office.

A tree fell on a car parked at the Lakeview Campground in St. Agatha, breaking the rear window and causing roof damage. In Madawaska, a toppled tree took down a power line to a home and also damaged a truck parked in the driveway.

Speaking from the scene Monday night, Madawaska Fire Chief Jim Soucy said that he was waiting for Emera Maine to arrive to make sure the power line was secured, and that the power company’s crews were extremely busy dealing with downed lines throughout northern Aroostook County.

More than 400 Emera Maine customers lost power during the storm, with the towns of Eagle Lake, New Canada, and Wallagrass being hardest hit by power outages, according to outage information posted on the company’s website Monday night. Customers in Madawaska and Frenchville also experienced interruptions in Emera service.

Staff at the NWS Caribou office described the winds as “strong not severe” and said that in order for wind gusts to be officially classified as severe they need to reach speeds of 60 miles per hour.

ST. AGATHA -- As severe weather moved through northern Maine Monday, July 4, high winds knocked over trees in multiple locations. This vehicle at Lakeview Campground in St. Agatha was parked in an unfortunate location during the storm.

ST. AGATHA — As severe weather moved through northern Maine Monday, July 4, high winds knocked over trees in multiple locations. This vehicle at Lakeview Campground in St. Agatha was parked in an unfortunate location during the storm.

Fort Kent Town Manager Donald Guimond said public works employees will work on Tuesday to remove fallen trees in the town, including on Market Street and on the trail behind the Fort Kent District Courthouse.

“There are trees down here and there so there is cleaning up to take place, yes,” he said.Fort Kent Town Manager Donald Guimond said public works employees will work on Tuesday to remove fallen trees in the town, including on Market Street and on the trail behind the Fort Kent District Courthouse.

Rainfall totals in most of the area only reached half an inch during the storm, but measured up to just over an inch about 15-20 miles southwest of Madawaska, according to  NWS.

The storm primarily hit the St. John Valley, while further south the town of Caribou experienced some wind gusts and rain.

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