Islesboro pummeled by severe thunderstorms
Islesboro — Severe thunderstorms that rolled through Waldo County overnight left downed trees and wires that had emergency crews scrambling to clear roads on Islesboro.
Islesboro Senior Officer Fred Porter said the island's Emergency Operations Center was activated as a result of severe thunderstorms that pummeled the area.
In a post on the department's Facebook page, Porter said after speaking with the National Weather Service Monday, Sept. 16, he was told that Islesboro may have been hit by a macroburst as opposed to a microburst because the extent of the damage exceeded 2.5 miles.
During a macroburst, winds can be as high as 134 mph, lasting from five to 30 minutes, and create tornado-like damage over an area 2.5 miles or more in horizontal dimension, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A microburst can produce winds up to 168 mph over an area 2.5 miles or less, according to the NOAA.
The National Weather Service office in Gray issued a hazardous weather outlook for Thursday, Sept. 12, with the potential for more thunderstorms to move through the area, which could produce damaging winds, hail and heavy rainfall.
In a news release, Porter said the area south of the “Narrows” on Main Road sustained significant damage as a result of the storm. Overnight, Islesboro Fire Department cleared downed trees on Main Road, West Bay Road, Ferry Road, Pendleton Point Road, Jetty Road and West Shore Drive.
Crews from Central Maine Power and town crews worked to restore power to residents and clear roadways throughout the day.
All traffic from the ferry was sent along West Bay Road, which was one of the hardest hit areas in terms of damage, Porter said.
Pendleton Point Road, south of the Dark Harbor Shop, sustained significant utility damage due to downed trees.
One home was struck by a falling tree, which punched a hole in the roof, Porter said. Police have also received reports that trees fell on cars parked at residences. The damage to the island is still being assessed, Porter said.
The entire island lost power due to the damage from the storm, the news release said.
Porter said there were no reported injuries and no one required housing at the shelter.
Islesboro Central School had a one hour delay, according to Porter.
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