Fallen tree knocks out power for 24,000 customers in northern Maine

AROOSTOOK COUNTY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A major power outage that hit northern Maine Tuesday evening left upwards of 24,000 Emera customers without electricity for several hours.

The outages were reported from Sherman all the way up to Caribou. The first outage was reported around 5 p.m., and the numbers continued to climb.

Emera spokesperson Bob Potts said crews working to patrol lines and restore power discovered a fallen tree against a transmission line feeding the region.

System operators had re-routed circuits to restore a majority of customers by 7 p.m. As of 9 p.m., there were roughly 2,600 customers without power in the Caribou area. By 9:45 p.m., power was fully restored.

"The public is reminded to never touch a downed power line or a tree in contact with a downed line," he said. "Motorists are urged to slow down or move over and change lanes, when possible, if approaching utility crews working on roadways. Customers who use generators or alternate heating sources are reminded to ensure they are used in accordance with manufacturer's guidelines at all times."

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