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Power Back On for 14,500 Customers Who Lost Service in Wednesday’s Thunderstorms


AUGUSTA, Maine, July 7, 2011 — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) crews have restored power to more than 80 percent of customers who lost service when severe thunderstorms packing high winds, lightning, heavy rain, and hail came through Maine Wednesday afternoon and evening. The strong, gusty winds brought trees, limbs, and branches into power lines, knocking out service to thousands Wednesday evening.

At 11:30 a.m. Thursday, fewer than 3,500 customer accounts remained without service. That is down from a peak of nearly 18,000 at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Crews from areas with lesser-hit areas have been moved to some of the harder-hit areas in Franklin, Oxford, Piscataquis, Somerset, Penobscot, and Kennebec Counties, where they are helping local crews fix damage caused by high winds.

Along with the work on the ground, CMP is flying over transmission lines that experienced faults during last night’s storms, inspecting them for damage from lightning strikes.

The utility expects to have service restored to all remaining customers by late Thursday evening.

Here is a breakdown of outages by county:

Kennebec:  1,028
Franklin:  761
Piscataquis:  621
Oxford:  548
Somerset:  298
Penobscot: 221
CMP Total: 3,491



About CMP and Iberdrola USA: CMP, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution company, serving more than 600,000 customers. The company has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction three times by J.D. Power and Associates. Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company with more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. We are a team of dedicated individuals working as one to deliver value to our customers, employees and shareholders. By providing outstanding customer service and exceptional reliability, while holding safety and the environment in high regard, we aspire to be a world-class energy company.
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