8,000 CMP customers in Penobscot, Somerset counties left without power after transmission line blown down

Posted May 06, 2012, at 1:07 p.m.
Last modified May 06, 2012, at 6:27 p.m.

PALMYRA, Maine — A transmission line which was blown down almost to the ground in Palmyra left 8,028 Central Maine Power customers in Penobscot and Somerset counties without power Sunday afternoon.

According to a CMP spokeswoman reached at 12:45 p.m., crews had to open up a transmission line in section 5, structure 55, in the Palmyra area, after it was reported down at 11:48 a.m. Sunday.

A call to CMP’s outage line prompted the following message:

“As of 12:01, we do have a large outage affecting Carmel, Corinna, Corinth, Dixmont, Etna, Exeter, Hermon, Levant, Newburgh, Newport, Palmyra, Plymouth, St. Albans and Stetson. Crews have been assigned and power will be restored as soon as possible. The average time for reconnection is 2½ hours.”

While CMP has many more customers in Somerset County (29,060) than in Penobscot County (13,385), more customers were left with outages in Penobscot than in Somerset. The hardest-hit area appeared to be Newport, with more than 1,000 customers affected.

Power was restored in the Newport area at 1:45 p.m., but approximately 3,000 total CMP customers were still without power as of 4 p.m. Sunday.

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