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State braces for high winds, stormy weather Friday

By Callie Ferguson
Erin Rhoda | BDN
Erin Rhoda | BDN
A fallen tree pulled down power lines and snapped a utility pole on Webster Avenue on Bangor's west side in this Oct. 31 photo.

More stormy weather will be making its way to Maine this Friday.

Winds of 35 mph are predicted for across the state, with some gusts reaching up to 45 along the coastline and 50 mph in northern and mountainous regions, according to the National Weather Service stations in Gray and Caribou. About 2 inches of snow is slated for northern parts of the state, ushered by falling temperatures that will plummet into the low teens by Friday night.

Emera Maine, the state’s second-largest power company, warned in a statement Wednesday that winds could topple vulnerable trees already weakened by last week’s brutal storm, which could damage power lines and cause outages.

In the 10 days since the Oct. 30 storm, which battered the state with high winds and rain, crews have worked around the clock to restore power to nearly half a million Mainers who lost power.

“We recognize how difficult recent outages have been on our customers,” Emera Vice President Rob Belliveau said. “We want them to know we’re making arrangements to ensure our response to any outages this weekend is handled safely and quickly.”

Falling trees have already dealt setbacks to some affected communities. Five towns in Waldo County briefly lost power again Monday, when a tree knocked down a major transmission line.

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