- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) - A powerful ocean storm is pummeling Down East Maine with strong winds and snow.

Forecasters downgraded the snowfall totals from to 6 to 10 inches, down from a forecast calling for up to 2 feet. But the storm still packed a punch with winds gusting to 60 mph.

Gov. Pau LePage closed state offices in Washington and Hancock counties.

The storm clipped Down East Maine, so snowfall elsewhere was negligible. But strong winds were recorded up and down the coast, causing scattered power outages.

Offshore, hurricane-force winds were reported. A weather buoy off Jonesport recorded a 107 mph gust, but weather forecasters questioned the accuracy of the reading.

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