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958 NOUS41 KGYX 151403 PNSGYX MEZ007>009-012>014-018>028-NHZ001>015-151815- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Gray ME 1003 AM EDT MON AUG 15 2016 ...Straight Line Wind Damage Confirmed Near Freeport in Cumberland County Maine... Location...Freeport in Cumberland County Maine Date...August 12 2016 Estimated Time...255 PM EDT Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...85 MPH Lat/Lon...43.81N/70.12W * The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS Storm Data. ...Summary... The National Weather Service in Gray ME has confirmed that thunderstorm wind damage that occurred near Freeport in Cumberland County Maine during the afternoon of Friday August 12 2016 was caused by straight line wind. This wind damage was part of a larger cluster of southeastward moving thunderstorms that produced strong winds beginning in the Sebago Lake region of Maine. As it neared the coast, winds became stronger, with trees reported down in Gray, Yarmouth, Falmouth, Freeport, Bath, and Harpswell. A concentrated area of damage was observed along Spar Cove Road in Freeport. The most intense damage occurred on the north side of Staples Point, adjacent to Spar Cove. Here dozens of large hardwood trees were either snapped or uprooted, with dozens more softwood trees uprooted or with large limbs down. Falling trees landed on one home, damaging the roof and deck. The resident reported what looked like a wall of rain and wind before taking shelter in an interior bathroom. It likely that Spar Cove and the topography of Staples Point played a role in accelerating the wind through this area. Damage fanned out from this location, before becoming more scattered on the south side of Staples Point. Based on the damage to the trees, maximum wind gusts are estimated to have been 80 to 90 mph. Severe thunderstorms can, and often do, produce widespread areas of strong winds in addition to other threats like hail, lightning, and heavy rain. Occasionally, particularly intense winds in a severe thunderstorm can cause damage similar to a tornado. Before severe weather strikes have a safety plan in place. When a warning is issued, get to a substantial shelter and avoid windows. If caught outside, move inside to an enclosed shelter or a hard top vehicle. If on the water, head to port or safe shelter as quickly as possible. This information can also be found on our website at For reference... Straight-line winds are generally any wind that is not associated with rotation...used mainly to differentiate them from tornadic winds. $$ Legro is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.