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CMP warns storm restoration will take several days

 

  AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb. 26, 2010, 12 noon — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) reports that high winds associated with a severe winter storm have caused widespread outages throughout its service area. As of 11:30 Friday morning, an estimated 130,000 homes and businesses were without service.

“Our crews are still working to restore power in several inland counties from the heavy snow that fell on Wednesday,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “In southern and coastal counties, public safety is our priority after last night’s rain and wind. Crews are working to make sure that downed lines are de-energized and assessing the damage, but power restoration may not start in earnest until late in the day.”

Crews from utilities in neighboring states and the Canadian Maritimes began arriving in the state on Thursday evening to assist with the storm repairs.

The company is warning that it will be several days before it can restore service in all areas.
Damage is heaviest in York and Cumberland Counties, where wind gusts exceeding 60 miles per hour were reported in coastal areas Thursday night. There is also considerable damage in Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties in Maine’s Midcoast. The wind damage in southern and coastal areas comes a day after heavy wet snow caused numerous outages in Maine’s western mountains and foothills.

Outages by county as of 11:30 a.m.:

CMP      130,340
Androscoggin      2,727
Cumberland      39,073
Franklin      1,660
Hancock      10
Kennebec      1,797
Knox      8,637
Lincoln      16,977
Oxford      1,797
Penobscot      0
Piscataquis      1,991
Sagadahoc      12,382
Somerset      1626
Waldo      478
York      41,185

 

Click here to see a map of outages

 

Next update: 4:30.

 

About Central Maine Power Company (CMP): Central Maine Power Company, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility. The company delivers about 9 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually to more than 600,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine’s annual consumer sales of electricity. The company has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction three times by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit cmpco.com.