Maine Line Out

No deaths in power outage caused by major storm in Northeast

Another powerful storm caused widespread outages Monday, this time in the northeastern section of the country. Maine was hit the hardest by a large storm system that knocked out electricity for more than 400,000 residents and spread across almost the entirety of the state.

In most cases, power lines were cut by fallen trees or downed structures, and fell within the service territory of the state’s two major utilities, Central Maine Power and Emera Maine. The storm experienced in the U.S. was the remnants of part of a larger system, Tropical Storm Philippe.

As of Thursday, local outlets reported that up to three-quarters of the Central Maine Power customers who lost power Monday had service restored, about 300,000 customers of the utility. CMP is aiming to restore power to all of its customers by Sunday night.

Out-of-state utility crews were called in to assist in Maine beginning Tuesday. Maine suffered the heaviest impact among those affected by the storm, which left about 1.5 million homes and businesses without power in various states across the Northeast. Governor Paul LePage declared a state of emergency to give power companies more flexibility to make repairs.

In Maine, nearly 500,000 utility customers were in the dark at one point, accounting for a third of the total outages. Utility companies reported that the number of outages in Maine was down to about 140,000 on Thursday morning. A total of 2,800 workers were out restoring power Thursday, according to ABC.


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