AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage has signed a limited emergency declaration that will allow power crews from other states and Canada to help Maine prepare for the storm bearing down on the East Coast.
The declaration signed Friday by LePage will extend the hours power company crews can drive so they can be where they're needed when Hurricane Sandy storm hits.
LePage's proclamation waives Federal Department of Transportation rules and extends the hours of service for workers. It also allows additional crews from other states to assist with repairs.
The hurricane has killed at least 20 people in the Caribbean and is expected to move north, just off the Eastern Seaboard. Federal forecasters say Sandy will bring heavy rain, high winds and extreme storm surges.
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