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Powerful Gusts Topple Tower Atop Maine’s Sugarloaf Mountain

The wind also was blamed for snowdrifts that caused two tractor-trailers to collide in Medway

Sugarloaf wind damge

Strong winds in northern New England are being blamed for toppling a communications tower and for another tractor-trailer crash.

Officials said the communication tower used by U.S. Homeland Security atop Maine's Sugarloaf Mountain came down Monday amid strong gusts. The wind also was blamed for snowdrifts that caused two tractor-trailers to collide Tuesday morning on I-95 near Medway, Maine.

Utility workers are still mopping up scattered power outages on a second day of windy weather. The National Weather Service forecasts winds up to 50 mph.

On Monday, there were gusts of 61 mph in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and 53 mph in Portland, Maine. And New Hampshire's Mount Washington recorded a gust of 171 mph, an all-time peak for February.

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