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High winds causing scattered outages

AUGUSTA, Maine, March 21, 2008 — High winds are causing scattered power outages in central and southern Maine this afternoon. Central Maine Power Company (CMP) reports an estimated 6,360 customer accounts were without service as of 3:30 p.m. The heaviest concentration of outages was in the utility’s Brunswick service area, where the wind uprooted a tree that took down three poles and several sections of line in Brunswick’s Meadowbrook neighborhood. Other outages were scattered throughout other parts of the utility’s service area.

“Our crews have generally been able to keep up with outages as they are happening, and we will continue to have people on hand to respond any additional trouble calls that are reported,” says Company spokesman John Carroll. “We expect to have everything cleaned up as the winds subside this evening, although we are ready to respond to any new problems should they crop up tonight or Saturday.”

Following is a breakdown of outages by Service Center. Each Service Center includes the city or town listed and about a dozen surrounding communities. A map showing the service areas is available on the company's outage page on its website at www.cmpco.com.
 
Alfred: 1,250
Augusta: 70
Brunswick: 4,300
Dover: 60
Farmington: 65
Lewiston: 70
Portland: 80
Rockland: 325
Skowhegan: 140
Total: 6,360
 
CMP will issue additional updates as conditions dictate.

About CMP: Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of Energy East Corporation, operates more than 25,000 miles of power lines and other facilities that deliver electricity to 80 percent of Maine’s population. Web site: www.cmpco.com.

About Energy East: Energy East Corporation is a respected, super-regional energy services and delivery company serving about 3 million customers throughout upstate New York and New England. By providing outstanding customer service and meeting customers’ energy requirements in an environmentally responsible manner, Energy East will continue to be a valuable asset to the communities we serve.
  

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