Winds topple trees, cut electricity

The Associated Press
Posted Sept. 15, 2008, at 8:27 p.m.

Winds gusting up to 45 mph knocked out power to more than 12,000 utility customers around Maine on Monday.

Central Maine Power reported a peak of about 11,400 customers without power at 1:30 p.m. Monday, including about 2,400 in the Rockland area. Other outages were scattered, with Portland, Farmington, Brunswick and Alfred areas being among the hardest hit.

Bangor HydroElectric Co. reported close to 700 customers without power early Monday morning, most of those located in Penobscot and Hancock counties. The hardest hit areas were in the Corinth, Garland and Exeter areas in Penobscot County and Mount Desert Island and Deer Isle in Hancock County.

By late afternoon Monday, Bangor Hydro reported about 170 customers were still without power, most of those in Hancock and Penobscot counties.

Although crews worked throughout the day, Bangor Hydro officials warned that continued high winds could cause additional outages.

The National Weather Service reported that high winds were expected to die down by Monday night. A small-craft advisory was expected to remain in effect for all of coastal Maine until midnight Monday.

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