(NEWS CENTER) -- Central Maine Power Company (CMP) reports 3,200 homes and businesses without power as of 4:30 p.m. The number of outages jumped again to a peak of 4,000 in mid-afternoon as winds backed to the north-northwest.
"The wind continues to create some problems even as the storm is pulling away," John Carroll, CMP spokesman said in a press release.
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In Somerset County, 1,520 customers were without power. In York County, 1,003 customers were without power, Oxford and Kennebec counties each had more than 230 without power. Cumberland county had 197 without and Knox and Sagadahoc counties each had just a handful of customers without power.
CMP is urging customers to take the following precautions:
Stay clear of downed power lines and tree limbs tangled in the lines.
Leave clean-up to CMP crews
Use caution when approaching utility crews in the roadway.
If outages occur, customers are asked to call the outage hotline: 1-800-696-1000.