Belgrade microburst damage – NECN


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Persistent storm damage causes small vacation hiccups in a town in Maine.

On Wednesday evening, residents of Belgrade, a town just north of Augusta and southwest of Waterville, found themselves in the middle of a microburst.

According to the National Weather Service, the storm had winds that reached 90 miles per hour and knocked down about 300 trees.

A tree fell on a car while a woman was inside and she was seriously injured, the Portland Press Herald reported.

There were still people in the city without internet service on Friday afternoon, and dozens of utility and tree crews were working to clean up the debris and restore service.

“For four intense minutes there was an incredible wind,” said Trisha Cheney, who works at Lakepoint Real Estate, which has an office in downtown Belgrade with a tree.

“The whole building shook,” she recalls, adding that she was lucky that an office administrator lured staff to the center of the building for security reasons just before the tree struck.

Outside, Katrina Sibley and Jason Harrington did their best to find shelter in the open, after being caught in the storm with their dog as they attempted to launch their kayaks.

“I was going to say ‘we’re going to be hurt, something is going to hit us’,” said Harrington as he explained his thoughts as he and Sibley tried to take cover behind a row of cars near a riverbank .

Fortunately, Harrington and Sibley weren’t injured by the same tree that hit the real estate office, as it also destroyed much of Harrington’s truck, which they had planned to use as shelter.

The couple were removing items from it on Friday so it could be moved and assessed by their insurance company.

According to Cheney, the July 4 celebrations in Belgrade were to go as planned despite the damage, including fireworks.

Cheney said she and other members of the city’s business community had already installed new American flags after the storm destroyed many and that she was grateful for the work of the tree crews and trees. first responders to prepare the city for the festivities.

“Things might be a little different,” she said, “but we’ll try to move forward with our events.”

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