Power out temporarily in downtown Ellsworth

Posted Jan. 07, 2014, at 12:51 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Motorists passing through one of Ellsworth’s busiest intersections drove with caution this morning because the power was out, causing stop lights to go dark. Cars stopped as they approached the junction of Water, Main and State streets and looked for eye contact from other drivers before crossing the intersection.

The power was out at City Hall, along much of High Street and on Surry Road for about 30 minutes, according to Facebook posts. The power came back on just before 11 a.m.

The cause of the outage was not immediately clear on Tuesday morning.

“Hydro actually called us to see if we knew what might of caused it,” said a dispatcher at the Ellsworth Police Department, referring to Bangor Hydro Electric Co., which supplies power to the area.

“We’ve got a little over 700 outages related to strong winds right now,” said an Emera Maine spokesperson. She added that Ellsworth was likely one of them.