Gusting winds knock out power to thousands of Mainers

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(NEWS CENTER) — Thousands of Mainers are again without power Friday after a cold front brought high winds to the area. 

Winds were gusting up to 40 mph Friday morning downing trees as cold, arctic air moved in to the area.

 

 

As of 9:00 a.m. Central Maine Power Co. was reporting nearly 5,000 outages with the majority of those in York and Kennebec County. Emera Maine was reporting more than 1,100 outages.

By 11:30 a.m., power outages had risen to more than 23,000 for CMP customers, more than 4,000 for Emera Maine customers.  

Emera officials said the hardest hit areas are northern Penobscot and Hancock counties. They say crews will work to repair damage and restore service as long as it is safe but warn if winds remain high, around 40 mph, workers can not go up into buckets to repair lines. 

Gail Rice with CMP said they believe many trees were weakened in the Oct. 30th storm and are now falling with the latest wind gusts. Rice says line workers are out trying to restore power. 

Rice said the last of CMP customers still with out power from the Oct. 30th storm had power restored power by Wednesday, Nov. 8. She 

Power outages come less than two weeks from the single worst power outage weather event in Maine history. 

On Monday, October 30, a fall storm brought rain and gusting winds up to 69 mph knocking out power to close to 500,000 Maine homes and businesses.