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Jun 2, 2013 8:19 PM by Monica Gouty

Severe weather hits New England

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Utility companies in northern New England report that more than 40,000 customers are without power as strong storms move through the area.

More than 17,000 are without power in Maine on Sunday night, and more than 13,000 are without electricity in New Hampshire. In Vermont, there are just over 10,000 customers without power.

Earlier Sunday, the National Weather Service issued a rare tornado warning as a line of thunderstorms raced through New Hampshire into western Maine.

NWS Meteorologist Chris Kimble says the thunderstorms packed gusts of 60 mph to 70 mph, causing downed trees and power lines in Maine and New Hampshire. Earlier, the same line of storms caused similar problems in Vermont.

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