Two tornadoes touch down in Northern Maine
PORTLAND (WGME) -- The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes in Northern Maine on Saturday.
That's seven total for the year, and fortunately zero fatalities.
According to the National Climactic Data Center, Maine averages two tornadoes per year. On July 1, five touched down. Then this past Saturday, two more. This time, they were in Penobscot and Aroostook Counties.
The first tornado touched down in Millinocket at 10:47 p.m. The National Weather Service office in Caribou says approximately 1,000 trees were either uprooted or snapped. The storm damage confirms it was an EF1.
The second tornado touched down in Sherman of Aroostook County about 45 minutes later at 11:30 p.m. The National Weather Service office in Caribou reported damage to a barn roof that was partially blown off. There was additional damage to nearby structures with a few downed trees. This was also confirmed as an EF1.
Maine's hilly and mountainous terrain helps inhibit the formation of strong tornadoes. It's not unusual to get an EF0 or an EF1 in our state.
However, the National Weather Service in gray says it is unusual to get seven tornadoes touching down in one year.