7,400 remain without power

Posted Dec. 29, 2009, at 1:24 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. and Central Maine Power officials are saying more than 7,400 customers are without power due to Monday night’s heavy snowfall and Tuesday’s high winds, and some may remain without power throughout the night.

“We do expect some customers to be out overnight but we don’t know where just yet,” Susan Faloon, Bangor Hydro company spokeswoman, said Tuesday morning. “We’ll know that between 4 and 5,” today.

Bangor Hydro had 5,301 customers without power, according to an 11 a.m. status report and at the same time 2,183 CMP customers reported they had no power, said John Carroll, CMP company spokesman.

The hardest hit area for Bangor Hydro was the power company’s northern region, which is Howland, Lincoln, Millinocket and East Millinocket, where more than 3,000 customers are without power.

For CMP, southern areas were harder hit, with a majority reported in the Cumberland County, where 1,125 customers reported not having power. A lot of those are in Harpswell, Carroll said.

“Right now, they just spiked up to 2,183,” he said. “It’s been fairly steady all day at around 1,000. This is the highest, right now, that we’ve had all day.”

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