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Weather officials confirm that tornado went through St. Albans in Somerset County


ST. ALBANS, Maine — Weather service officials confirmed on Thursday that a tornado hit a small town in central Maine earlier this week.

John Jensenius, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service who surveyed the damage, told WMTW-TV that an EF1 tornado with winds of 80 to 90 mph touched down in St. Albans in Somerset County on Tuesday. No injuries were reported.

Maine towns have been cleaning up damage after the powerful storms rolled through the state, bringing down trees and power lines, knocking out electricity for thousands of customers.

St. Albans resident Misty Lary said that rain flooded into her living room and she struggled to close her home's sliding glass door as the winds picked up around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

"The screen from the window blew in my face, and when (the high winds) hit, I saw the tree come down on our hot tub, and our snowmobile trailer took a ride by itself (toward) our house — the trailer hitch went right through the wall," she told the Portland Press Herald.

Other areas hit hard by Tuesday's storm included York, where weather service officials said a microburst — an intense, localized downdraft — hit with winds between 70 and 80 mph. Madison and Farmington also saw flash flooding.

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