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December 30, 2016

Utilities scramble to restore power in storm's aftermath

Photo / James McCarthy
Photo / James McCarthy
A plow truck clears a parking lot on Free Street in Portland Friday morning to make room for downtown employees and visitors.

In the immediate aftermath this morning of the season's first major snowstorm, Maine's two largest utilities reported more than 100,000 of their customers were without power.

CMP — which had reported 97,454 customers being without power shortly after 9 a.m. — indicated on its website that 84,278 customers remained without power at 11 a.m. Emera Maine was reporting 14,821 customers were still without power at 11 a.m. The Bangor-based utility indicated on its website that crews were assessing damage to the system from high winds and heavy snow and that it would continue to update estimated restoration times as more information becomes available.

The National Weather Service's Maine station in Gray reported 27 inches of snow in the Cumberland County towns of Standish and Naples, 27 inches in the Oxford County town of Oxford, followed by 25 inches in the York County town of Parsonsfield. Other snowfall accumulations in the central, southwestern and the mid-coast regions ranged from 1.5 inches in the Knox County town of Camden to 21 inches in the Kennebec County town of Fayette.

Portland International Jetport reported several early Friday departure flights being delayed or cancelled, but by 9:30 a.m. later flights were listed as being on time.

Bangor International Airport reported only a couple of flights being cancelled, with most other Friday flights being listed as on time.

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