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More than 22,000 customers in Maine still have no power



Supply teams continued to make progress on power restoration on Saturday, but more than 22,000 Maine customers remained in the dark late Saturday night following a Friday night storm that struck power lines throughout the state.

Central Maine Power expects a recovery 99 percent of the affected customers will be powered on Sunday evening, but 14,165 in the utility area will be out of power on Saturday night.

"In a calm wind, the company expects no further storm-related failures and focuses on the elimination of system damage and restoration of power supply" for the remaining customers without electricity, the company said in a statement.

Shortly after 9:00 pm, the CMP Web site reported that most power outages occurred in the Somerset, Franklin, Lincoln, and Cumberland counties. The highest number was reported in Somerset County, where 3,428 customers were out of power at 21

:10.

Approximately 1,100 customers were still out of power in Cumberland County, including 348 in Harpswell, the city with the most outages in the county. [19659002] Emera Maine recorded 8,317 failures in the northern and eastern parts of the state on Saturday night, compared with around 20,000 a day earlier.

Friday morning's storm was the second this fall that led to widespread outages. Last month, around 180,000 customers lost power, and many schools and businesses were forced to close.

Temperatures dropped to almost zero on Saturday morning, but are expected to rise slightly over the weekend.

During the last round of losses The city of Portland opened thermal shelters for thousands of residents without electricity. This time, however, only a few dozen CMP customers in the city were reported without service on Saturday morning. 27 were still out of service after 9pm. Saturday.


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