A powerful fall nor’easter blew across Maine on Thursday morning, leaving hundreds of thousands of Mainers in the dark across the state at its height.
As of 3 p.m., Emera Maine and Central Maine Power reported more than 190,000 outages across their service areas, the bulk of them in southern Maine.
On its website, Emera Maine said late Thursday that it would be working through the weekend to restore power to its customers. CMP advised customers in the coastal portion of its service territory in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties to prepare for the possibility of multi-day outages.
In Emera Maine’s territory, outages were widespread across coastal Hancock County, where more than 20,000 were without power at the height of the storm. Washington County outages peaked at more than 7,600.
Outages across Penobscot County hit a high of more than 6,700. Emera Maine customers in Aroostook County were largely spared, with just over 800 outages reported by noon Saturday.
Down in Central Maine Power’s service area, the heaviest outages were in Cumberland (59,824), Lincoln (17,623) and York counties (29,000).
Outages peaked before noon Thursday at about 219,000.