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Central Maine Power Reports 71,000 Outages from Hurricane Sandy
AUGUSTA, Maine, October 29, 2012, 9 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, reports reports more than 71,000 homes and businesses have lost power as high winds from Hurricane Sandy are ripping into Maine. Southern and coastal areas have borne the brunt of the storm today with extensive power outages in Cumberland, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, and York counties. Reports of outages began in the early afternoon, but rose rapidly shortly after 3 p.m. CMP expects the outage count will continue to climb as high winds spread over the state.
“As long as the outages keep mounting, public safety will be our priority tonight,” said Tom DePeter, director of electrical distribution for CMP. “Our crews will focus on de-energizing downed lines and damaged equipment to keep people safe and so roads can be cleared. Our priority for restoration will be to maintain service to key facilities such as hospitals, shelters, and public safety buildings.”
CMP expects the work of securing all downed equipment will continue through the night. The company will begin work on Tuesday morning with a workforce of nearly 1,000 line workers, tree crews, supervisors, assessors, and safety specialists in the field to assess system damage and begin repairs on core system components including transmission lines and 3-phase feeder lines to critical public facilities such as hospitals and shelters.
Outages by county as of 9 p.m.:
CMP Total: 71,184
The company urges customers to use caution if they see downed lines.
“Everyone should stay clear of any downed power lines or fallen trees that may be tangled in the lines,” said Carroll. “These lines should be considered live and dangerous. Customers should leave the clean-up to our crews, who are trained and equipped to handle these situations safely.”
CMP also reminds drivers to use caution when approaching utility crews. The working conditions are difficult, and the workers appreciate everyone’s consideration for their safety.
Additional information on storm safety and restoration, including a town-by-town listing of outages in the CMP service area with an area map, can be found on CMP’s web site at www.cmpco.com.
Next update: Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.
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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 six times by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit www.cmpco.com/.
About Iberdrola USA: Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company serving more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. For more information about Iberdrola USA, visit www.iberdrolausa.com.