MAINE, USA — As gusty winds from Tropical Storm Isaias swept across Maine, so did the power outages.
As of 11:35 p.m. Tuesday night, CMP reported a total of 89,410 customers in the state were without power. Customers in York County were most affected by the outages with 24,398 of them without power. Versant Power, formerly Emera Maine, reported only a few outages.
CMP said Wednesday it has restored power to more than 100,000 customers. Significant tree damage resulted in approximately 118,000 CMP customers without power. As of 8:00 PM Wednesday night, there were about 12,000 customers without power.
“This monumental effort is a testament to the dedication of the CMP workforce and its contracted partners,” said David Flanagan, CMP executive chairman. “Our careful planning leading up to this storm allowed us to achieve these positive restoration numbers, and we remain focused on promptly restoring power to the rest of our customer base as soon as possible.”
CMP says the estimated time of restoration for many areas is Wednesday night, with restoration to be completed for remaining territories in York and Oxford counties by Thursday night, with the exception of a few isolated cases.
In addition to about 200 CMP lineworkers, the company has approximately 240 contracted lineworkers, including 80 from New Brunswick, Canada, and 100 tree crews responding to the outages. More line crews are on their way from Hydro Quebec to assist with clean up efforts.