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Strong winds knocked out thousands of Central Maine Power customers



Thousands of Mainers lost power on Monday due to strong winds hitting the state. The CMP said its crews are actively responding or preparing to respond with the assistance of 45 contract line employees. The company says employees will work all night to ensure the polling stations have electricity for Election Day. “We are working with Maine Emergency Management and county emergency officials to find out where local polling sites are located and will prioritize their restoration,” said Kerri Therriault, electricity operations manager said. “The forecasts are that strong winds will die soon tonight and we will work all night to restore all customers prioritized for polls.”

; CMP said the power outages were mainly caused by branches blowing and falling into power lines and poles, and trees outside the company’s pruning areas uprooted in the wind.

Thousands of Mainers were without electricity on Monday due to strong winds hitting the state.

Central Maine Electricity has reported more than 11,000 blackouts as of 4:30 pm. Power outages are spread across much of the region.

The power outage was caused by wind gusts at 35 to 45 mph.

The CMP said its crews are actively responding or are prepared to respond to the assistance of 45 contracted fleets.

The company says the crews will work overnight to ensure the polling stations have electricity for Election Day.

“We are working with Maine Emergency Management and county emergency officials to find out where local polling sites are located and will prioritize their restoration,” said Kerri Therriault, electricity operations manager said. “The forecasts predict that strong winds will die soon tonight and we will work all night to restore all customers prioritized for polls.”

CMP said the power outages were mainly caused by branches blown and falling onto power lines and poles, and by trees outside the company’s pruning area uprooting in the wind.


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