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Central Maine Power Completes Hurricane Sandy Recovery
AUGUSTA, Maine, October 31, 2012, 9 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, reports that the final 800 customers who lost power as a result of Hurricane Sandy will be restored by late tonight. Hurricane Sandy caused 165,000 outages as it passed through CMP’s service area on Monday and Tuesday. CMP’s crews have restored power to more than 164,000 customers in the two days since the hurricane struck Maine.
“We reached 99 percent completion in two days, including the period as the storm passed through our service area,” said Tom DePeter, director of electric operations for CMP. “Our line crews are working tonight in the last remaining towns with the goal to wrap up the recovery sometime late tonight.”
Outages by county as of 9 p.m.:
CMP Total: 822
*280 CMP customers in parts of western Oxford and York counties are supplied by Public Service of New Hampshire substations. The status of repairs by PSNH cannot be confirmed this evening.
This is the final update on CMP’s storm recovery.
Winds from Hurricane Sandy reached York County in southern Maine shortly before noon on Monday, October 29. Wind speeds rose rapidly in mid-afternoon, building to sustained 35 - 40 mph winds that swept across the state through Monday night and into Tuesday morning. Wind gusts reached the mid-50s in many areas Monday evening with some gusts to 70 mph along the coast by Tuesday morning. Winds eased into the 20s on Tuesday afternoon with periods of intense downpours and occasional thunder and lighting storms. Tuesday night and Wednesday were mild and calm, and with overcast skies and occasional showers. Overall rainfall was consistent with the forecast of 2” in the south and coastal areas and up to 4” to the western mountains.
As winds increased on Monday afternoon, the number of outages reported to CMP rose sharply, reaching 87,000 shortly after midnight. CMP crews gained ground briefly during the night, bringing the number of outages down to 78,000 by 5:00 a.m. Tuesday. Soon after, as the wind gusts peaked and reached farther east along the coast, the outage count rose again to a peak for the storm of 88,300 shortly after 8:00 a.m. Tuesday.
CMP crews focused on “make-safe” work through Monday night and into Tuesday morning. The full restoration effort was underway by mid-day Tuesday, and crews had reduced the outage count to 17,000 by midnight. CMP crews restored the final outages by late Wednesday night. In two days, Hurricane Sandy knocked down trees and wires, broke 95 utility poles, and caused 165,000 outages. CMP’s crews restored service to 150,000 customers within 48 hours of the storm’s arrival in Maine, and the company completed the restoration in less than three days. The CMP restoration team grew to 1,200 people, including more than 200 hundred line repair crews, 150 tree crews, 25 pole-setting crews, and several hundred customer service, administrative, and logistical support personnel in the field and company offices.
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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.