PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The powerful storm that lashed Maine lacked the punch that walloped other states in the path of Hurricane Sandy, yet it still knocked out power to more than 150,000 homes and businesses, disrupted travel, shut down schools and sank a 50-foot barge.
Utility crews made headway restoring power Tuesday as emergency response officials and the Coast Guard assessed damage from the storm brought on by Hurricane Sandy.
The storm didn’t pack that much rain, but winds gusted up to 76 mph in Bath, 65 mph in Brooklin and 63 mph in Portland, downing trees, branches and utility poles.
Still, storm damages didn’t appear to be as widespread as had been anticipated, said Lynette Miller of the Maine Emergency Management Agency.
‘‘We’re feeling fortunate compared to what some of our partner states have experienced,’’ she said.
The worst of the storm was over Tuesday, but more rain, scattered thunderstorms and breezy conditions were forecast through Wednesday, with unsettled weather through the end of the week.
Utility crews worked to restore power to tens of thousands of homes and business still in the dark Tuesday.
Central Maine Power Co. estimated that 147,000 of its customers lost power during the storm. While that’s high, it’s barely half the 277,000 CMP customers who lost power last October, when a surprise storm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of Maine.
Power restoration was moving quickly Tuesday, but some customers will be without electricity for an extended period.
‘‘We know it'll be multiple days,’’ CMP spokesman John Carroll said.
The Coast Guard reopened the ports of Portland and Portsmouth, N.H., to normal operations on Tuesday morning after crews found no signs of damage or hazardous conditions, said Lt. Nick Barrow. Throughout the day, guardsmen planned to visit other harbors to assess damages to marinas and determine whether boats had broken free or hazardous materials had been released into the ocean.
Ocean conditions were dangerous on Monday, but no injuries were reported, he said.
‘‘We did see hazardous conditions, but fortunately everyone stayed put and the fishing fleet returned to port,’’ he said. ‘‘Overall, so far so good.’’
In Bar Harbor, a 50-foot work barge with a crane was discovered sunk in the harbor Tuesday morning, said harbor master Charlie Phippen. The barge, which was moored, apparently took on water overnight and flooded before sinking, he said.
Dozens of schools and the University of Southern Maine and the University of New England canceled classes because of power outages. A debate among U.S. Senate candidates at USM’s Hannaford Hall was postponed from Tuesday to Friday.
Travel continued to be disrupted Tuesday, with multiple flights to and from Portland and Bangor airports being canceled. Amtrak’s Downeaster passenger train remained out of service Tuesday, mostly because of power outages between Portland and Boston and disruptions involving schedules of other trains using the rail.
When crossing lights aren’t working, the train has to stop at intersections, causing lengthy delays, said Patricia Quinn of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority.
There were some close calls Monday from the storm.
In Falmouth, a motorist got trapped when power lines fell across his car when he stopped for a tree that had fallen in the road. The driver stayed in the car until Central Maine Power crews arrived and cut power to the lines, allowing the motorist to escape.
In Buxton, an elderly woman required treatment after a large branch from a fallen tree crashed through her roof and hit her on the head while she was in bed.
And in Wells, police arrested five people for criminal trespass Monday night for throwing a ‘‘pirate party’’ in honor of Hurricane Sandy inside a vacant house along the ocean, police said.
Associated Press writer David Sharp in Portland contributed to this report.