CMP still working on recovery after storm left 30,000 without power

BY Staff


Crews from Central Maine Power Co. continue to repair damage this morning from intense thunderstorms that raced through southern and coastal Maine at midday Thursday and left almost 30,000 customers without power.
In Brunswick, one of the hardest-hit communities, schools were closed Friday while crews continue to work to restore power to thousands of customers in the midcoast town, according to the Portland Press Herald
At 9:30 a.m. Friday, CMP reported that 9,175 of its customers were without power. Most of them were in Lincoln (3,272), Cumberland (3,005) and Sagadahoc (1,745) counties, according to the utility’s storm outage website
In a news release, CMP estimated that more than 29,700 customers lost power at some point Thursday and that at 5:30 p.m. there were still 22,000 customers without power.
CMP said there were multiple reports of trees blown down by strong winds blocking roadways in coastal communities from Freeport to Bristol, as well as in some inland towns.
WGME13 reported that Brunswick, with nearly 4,000 outages, was one of the hardest-hit communities, noting that Bath Road was closed for hours and that 30 other roads were affected by downed trees and power lines. In Bath, the TV station reported, two cars were smashed by a falling tree.
The Associated Press reported that the National Weather Service said wind gusts hit 65 mph in Bristol, and 69 mph at the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, also in Bristol.
CMP said in a news release its crews are working to restore service as safely and efficiently as possible, adding that it was bringing more personnel and equipment to areas with the greatest damage.
It also was coordinating with the Maine Emergency Management Agency and county emergency management personnel.