High winds knock out power to thousands in Maine

Posted Nov. 24, 2013, at 12:11 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 25, 2013, at 5:59 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Strong winds have caused thousands to lose power throughout Maine.

Central Maine Power reported 7,477 customers without electricity, including 2,763 in Franklin County, 1,997 in Oxford County and 924 in Somerset County as of 5:30 a.m. Monday.

CMP’s outage number was down from a high of nearly 28,000 early Sunday afternoon.

Bangor Hydro reports on its website that about 40 customers are without electricity as of 4 a.m. Monday, down from nearly 4,800 outages Sunday night. Most of Bangor Hydro’s outages were in Hancock County.

“Obviously the high winds are keeping our crews on standby. We knew the forecast would keep us busy,” said Bob Potts, spokesman for Bangor Hydro.

Potts said only two Maine Public Service customers were without power at noontime.

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department received more than 85 complaints of wires or trees down as of 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Mike Kistner, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Gray, said wind gusts up to 50 mph are expected until about 8 p.m. Sunday.

“I think the peak will be this afternoon within the next couple of hours,” Kistner said at noon Sunday.

Wind gusts will decrease as the night goes on, he said.

“By tomorrow morning, we’ll still have some wind, but nothing like we saw [Sunday],” said Kistner. “There will be 15 to 20 mph gusts to start the day [Monday] and it should decrease throughout the day. People closer to the coast might see some higher winds.”

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