BANGOR, Maine — While the number of Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. customers without power had dropped to just under 3,000 by Sunday morning, most of those in Hancock County, the utility warned that the snow coming Sunday afternoon and early Monday could cause the number to rise.
“Today’s storm may bring a large amount of snow in some areas and more icing along the coast,” Susan Faloon, Bangor Hydro spokeswoman, said in a new release Sunday. “Good progress was made overnight and is expected through the day, but the storm may bring more power outages to the area, especially since the system is already damaged from the storm of the last week.”
Customers who do not have power should seek alternative shelter, said Faloon, who encouraged those who lose their power again or see new safety problems to call Bangor Hydro.
“Customers should be sure to call about fallen power lines or trees near or touching them rather than attempt to remove the lines and trees themselves,” she said.
Power outages for some are expected to last through New Year’s Day, the Bangor Hydro spokeswoman said.
“All customers are expected to have power restored by the end of the day Wednesday,” Faloon said.
Central Maine Power reported fewer than 100 outages as of 8:30 a.m. Sunday, but by noon the number had increased to 1,493, with Waldo and Kennebec counties tallying the biggest numbers.
CMP had more than 87,000 customers without power on Christmas Eve morning and brought in all of its employees, as well as 370 line crews and 450 tree crews on contract from utilities and private companies from Maine, Canada, and throughout the Northeast to work on fixing the problems.
“Over the course of the storm, 123,000 customers lost power at least once,” the CMP website states.
A winter storm warning has been issued for much of the state that goes into effect at 3 p.m. Sunday and stays in effect until 7 a.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou.
For the Bangor area, snow and freezing rain are expected to start falling after 5 p.m. with between 6 and 10 inches on the ground when people awake Monday morning.
Bar Harbor should see rain, freezing rain or sleet start falling at about 3 p.m. Sunday, and communities in Aroostook County shouldn’t see snow, expected to only tally between 2 to 4 inches, until later in the evening. Snow in The County will continue to fall until Monday morning and forecasters are warning about freezing temperatures and wind chill factors.