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Power restoration could slow as snow and high winds return


   AUGUSTA, Maine, March 1, 2010, 6:30 a.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) reports new outages from early morning wind and snow. The number of homes and businesses without power had climbed to 12,600 after utility crews had reduced that number to fewer than 11,000 during overnight operations.


The company said that number could climb higher this morning as people wake upcould and report new outages. CMP also said that the new round of bad weather could slow the restoration work as roads get slippery, fresh snow covers damaged equipment, and travel becomes more difficult.


“Crews will be working to meet our goal to get everyone back on by tonight, although, working in these conditions will make that more difficult,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “Travel will be slow, and we hope drivers will take extra care as they pass crews working on the roadside.”


Outages by county as of 6:30 a.m.

 York      4,761
Sagadahoc      2,324 
Cumberland      1,680
Lincoln      1,508
Franklin      1,106
Knox      443
Hancock      361
Kennebec      329
Waldo      71
Oxford      11
Total      12,594 

Next update: 11:00 a.m.


 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