December 18, 2017
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Power restored to all but 1,400 Mainers following Friday’s winds

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff
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Crews work on power lines on Broadway in Bangor on Oct. 30. Power had to be restored in several parts of Maine Nov. 10 after strong winds again knocked lines down.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Ten days after a windstorm knocked out power to more than 400,000 customers across the state, another 26,000 were in the dark Friday after strong gusts blew down lines from York to Penobscot counties and into Down East Maine.

By 9 a.m. Saturday, all but 3,000 accounts were back online, and just after 1:30 p.m., that number had dwindled to about 1,400.

Central Maine Power reported 20,000 accounts in the dark midday Friday, but as of Saturday afternoon, the number was 1,345 — most in Cumberland and Oxford counties.

Only 40 Emera Maine customers were still out Saturday afternoon, down from 6,104 at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Gail Rice, spokeswoman for Central Maine Power, said the outages all resulted from Friday’s winds. The last outages from the Oct. 30 storm were restored Wednesday afternoon and early evening, she said.

Both Emera Maine and Central Maine had crews on alert, ready to respond to Friday’s predicted winds.

“CMP has all available crews from within the company plus a good contingent from contractors that are working to restore power,” she wrote in an email Friday to the Bangor Daily News.

The National Weather Service in Gray issued a wind advisory for Friday afternoon, forecasting winds from the northwest of 15 to 25 miles per hour, with gusts up to 40 miles per hour through early evening.

“Many partially broken trees and branches in precarious positions” would likely lead to “scattered” power outages, the weather service said.

The outages occurred 10 days after more than 400,000 customers lost power during a wind and rain storm officials said was “unprecedented.”

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