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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The number of power outages has topped 50,000 in Maine as the outer fringe of Hurricane Sandy whips the state with powerful wind gusts.

The National Weather Service says the strongest gust so far was 63 mph Monday evening in Portland.

Gov. Paul LePage on Monday declared a statewide emergency to ensure state, county and municipal governments have all the resources they need.

Maine Emergency Management Agency Director Robert McAleer said his biggest concern is the wind. Also on tap is 1 to 3 inches of rain, not enough to cause widespread flooding.

There were no mandatory evacuations. But Wells urged people to leave their homes and businesses along coastal and low-lying areas east of U.S. 1.

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