As the winds slowly subside in Maine, Central Maine Power is diligently working to restore power to about 350,000 customers as of 5:30 p.m. That number could still go out, as high-gusting winds are ripping trees out at their roots, damaging buildings, and washing out roads.

A big challenge for CMP's 400 line workers and 200 tree crews is the wait for the wind gusts to get below 35 mph to be able to use their bucket trucks safely. They are ready to go as soon as possible, but it is going to take a few days for everyone to get their power back.

CMP crews shared photos of some of the destruction from this storm, and it's amazing to see just how much damage these strong winds can cause.

This photo is stunning. What looks like a metal barn is sitting destroyed in the middle of the road. The post by CMP does not say where this occurred, but it's easy to see how powerful the force of nature is.

If you are without power, please call Central Maine Power at 1-800-696-1000, or if your smartphone is charged and has a signal, download the CMP app in your app store to report your outage so they can add you to this real-time list of power outages.

As always, the amazing crews at CMP will be out working tirelessly to restore power as quickly as they can. But as we said, it may take several days with the number of homes without power. The wind needs to die down first, in order for workers to do their jobs safely.

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