Winds cut power in Blue Hill area, cause flight delays

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 17, 2010, at 5:24 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Hundreds of Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. customers lost power Wednesday morning in western Hancock County due to high winds and heavy rains, according to the company.

In press releases issued Wednesday, Bangor Hydro indicated that 730 customers had lost power that morning in the Blue Hill and Brooklin areas after falling tree limbs brought down power lines. At midmorning, another 30 or so customers in Penobscot County also had lost power because of the weather.

Most customers had their power restored by 3 p.m., according to the company. Roughly 30 customers in Penobscot County still were without power by midafternoon, but fewer than 20 customers in Hancock County still had no electricity.

Emergency response dispatchers in Hancock County reported few other weather-related problems Wednesday. Route 15 in Sedgwick was blocked just north of the Deer Isle-Sedgwick bridge from about 11 a.m. to noon after a large tree fell across the roadway. Hancock County dispatchers initially called the Sedgwick Fire De-partment to remove the tree, but they in turn had to call the Maine Department of Transportation, because the tree was too large to cut up with the available Fire Department equipment.

Officials at Bangor International Airport said Wednesday that bad weather caused some delays to and from LaGuardia Airport in New York City.

Bangor Daily News writer Eric Russell contributed to this report.

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