Nearly 50000 business still but energy from Thanksgiving storm

November 27, 2014 - Finding Carter

FREEPORT, Maine — About a feet of heavy, soppy sleet fell opposite many of a state overnight Wednesday, thwarting Thanksgiving skeleton by knocking out energy to some-more than 100,000.

But by 4:30 p.m., ovens were heating adult in some-more than half those homes as line crews for a state’s dual vital energy companies — Central Maine Power and Emera Maine — done fast progress.

CMP mouthpiece Gail Rice conspicuous Thursday that scarcely 1,000 employees worked via a day yet concurred that, with a poignant damage, “there’s no approach we’re going to get everybody behind online today.”

As of 8:30 a.m. Thursday, 42,000 business in York County, scarcely 28,000 business in Cumberland County, 12,500 in Sagadahoc County and 9,600 in Lincoln County were in a dark, according to CMP.

As of 4:30 p.m., CMP numbers were halved in any county, shortening a series of outages to fewer than 50,000.

And while usually fewer than 11,000 Emera Maine business mislaid energy in a northern partial of a state, crews “made implausible progress” during a day, shortening a outages from usually fewer than 11,000 to 2,829, orator Bob Potts said.

Potts conspicuous Emera expects to have scarcely all business behind online by a finish of a day Thursday, yet some of a hardest-hit areas in Hancock County could be out until Friday.

State offices sealed during 1 p.m. Wednesday since of a storm. Gov. Paul LePage expelled an puncture commercial Wednesday night that authorised application crews to expostulate additional hours to correct lines and revive power. As a result, 30 line crews from Canada staged during a U.S. limit on Wednesday night to arrive in Maine on Thursday, and 30 some-more crews were headed down Thursday, Rice said.

Ninety CMP tree crews were already out Thursday morning, operative a customary 17 hours on, 7 hours off charge rotation.

“We’ve got people out there operative who are not going to have holiday dishes with their families,” Rice said. “Keep in mind a lot of a people out there, their families are home though power. we don’t have any power. But we’ve got a good devise in place and wish to have a really ubiquitous guess by a finish of today.”

“One plea for a day has been anticipating dishes for everyone, since so many businesses are closed,” Rice continued. “But we’ve also had a series of tiny restaurants proffer to open adult and make some prohibited turkey dinners for a crews. We are really beholden for their support.”

Mike Kistner with a National Weather Service Gray bureau conspicuous 10 to 14 inches of sleet fell between a New Hampshire limit and a Augusta area, yet some areas saw more.

Dixmont and Glenburn, in Penobscot County, were among a communities to see a many snow, commanding out during 13.5 inches, Norton said. Aroostook County amounts ranged from 9 inches in Portage to 4.5 inches in St. Agatha. Snowfall totals during a National Weather Service’s Gray bureau were still being collected Thursday morning, yet a Caribou bureau reported some-more than 8 inches of accumulation.

Slippery highway conditions tormented holiday travelers, call a York County Sheriff’s Office to respond to 76 crashes, many of them minor, between noon and 8 p.m. Wednesday, WGME reported. In a Bangor region, internal officials reported usually teenager “slide-off” accidents as drivers attempted to negotiate a infrequently icy roads.

One chairman was killed Wednesday afternoon in a pile-up on Route 9 in Berwick nearby a Knowlton School.

At about 12:49 p.m., a motorist of a 2002 Nissan sedan mislaid control since of a sleazy highway conditions and slid sideways, distinguished a front finish of a 2006 white box van, according to Berwick police. The motorist of a Nissan, whose name was not expelled as of Thursday morning, was conspicuous passed during a scene. The motorist of a Nissan was not injured.

Route 9 was sealed for 2½ hours while military investigated a crash.

The Amtrak Downeaster reported poignant delays Thursday morning, and a series of flights during a Portland Jetport were canceled.

BDN author Mario Moretto contributed to this report.

Watch for updates.

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