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High winds cause widespread power outages in Maine 

AUGUSTA, Maine, Nov. 28, 2009, 5:30 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) reports that high winds have knocked out power to nearly 12,800 homes and businesses as of 5:30 p.m. The company said that outages peaked at about 18,300 customer accounts at 2:45 in the afternoon when winds gusted up to 40 miles per hour along the coast and at higher elevations. CMP has called in crews throughout its service area and additional contractors are working to clear fallen trees and limbs and repair downed lines. The company expects to restore power to most customers by late tonight, although some customers in mid-coast counties and in northern portions of Somerset and Franklin counties are likely to be without power until tomorrow.

Outages by county as of 5:30 p.m.

Androscoggin 375
Cumberland 1,118
Franklin 1,793
Hancock 0
Kennebec 1,073
Knox 0
Lincoln 263
Oxford 1,357
Penobscot 47
Piscataquis 169
Sagadahoc 1,778
Somerset 2,315
Waldo 89
York 1,269
Total 11,646

About CMP: Central Maine Power operates more than 25,000 miles of power lines and other facilities that deliver electricity to 80 percent of Maine’s population. Web site:

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