May 30, 2020
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Thousands without power in Hancock County after storm

ELLSWORTH, Maine — As of 10:30 a.m. Friday, Bangor Hydro was reporting that more than 12,000 customers were without power, with the vast majority of those outages occurring in Hancock County.

Nearly 90 communities, two-thirds of them in Hancock County, still had power outages by late Friday morning. Several communities in Washington County and in Penobscot County also had some areas that were without power, according to information posted on the company’s Web site.

Ralph Pinkham, Hancock County’s emergency management director, said most of the county’s storm damage occurred on the Blue Hill Peninsula.

“The towns of Blue Hill, Brooklin, Sedgwick and Deer Isle probably got hit the hardest,” Pinkham said.

Firefighters with Brooklin and Blue Hill were still out late Friday morning responding to calls of downed trees and power lines.

Pinkham said that because of the amount of damage, Bangor Hydro crews might not be able to restore power to all their customers until sometime Saturday. He said that as of noon Friday, he was unaware of any plans to open any emergency shelters in the affected communities.

“We really haven’t had any requests,” he said. “If we can get a good portion of them back online before the end of the day, that would be good.”

Pinkham said the relatively warm temperatures outside should reduce the discomfort level for people waiting for their electricity to be restored. As it gets dark and as temperatures decrease, people who have not yet gotten their power back may start asking their town officials for shelters to be set up, he said.

Emergency response crews on Mount Desert Island and in the Bucksport and Ellsworth areas also had to respond to calls of downed trees and power lines and to vehicles that had slid off roads, but the storm damage in those areas were relatively minor, according to dispatchers and incident reports.

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