Crews restore power after storm sweeps through Maine

Posted Sept. 19, 2012, at 6:34 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 19, 2012, at 5:02 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Overnight storms that brought high winds and heavy rains to Maine left thousands without power, but electric utility crews made steady progress Wednesday in restoring service.

Just after 4 p.m., Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. reported that only two customers in its service area were still without power.

At the peak of the outages, about 9,000 customers were without power, Bangor Hydro spokeswoman Susan Faloon said. Most interruptions of service were in Penobscot County, but there also were outages in Hancock, Piscataquis and Washington counties.

“Diminishing winds and favorable weather conditions helped expedite the restoration process and all customers are expected to have power restored by this evening,” Faloon said.

On Wednesday morning, Central Maine Power reported nearly 10,000 customers without power. The hardest-hit areas were the Kennebec County communities of Winthrop, Vassalboro and Wayne.

There were also reports of trees and wires down all over Somerset County, according to police. Wires were down in Hartland, Tomhegan Township, Fairfield, Cornville and Athens. Trees were reported down in Embden, Hartland, Jackman, Anson, St. Albans, Norridgewock, New Portland, Skowhegan, The Forks and Canaan.

Customers are reminded to stay clear of fallen power lines and trees touching them.

BDN writer Alex Barber and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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