More than 388,000 Maine homes were without power Monday morning following a powerful wind and rainstorm. Restoration work won’t start until crews ground and de-energize downed lines, according to Gail Rice, spokeswoman for Central Maine Power Co. Restoration.
It could take multiple days to fully restore power. The storm has also affected rail service and closed roads and schools across southern Maine. A wind gust of 69 mph was recorded in Portland. The Carrabassett, Sandy and Kennebec rivers were expected to flood and Swift River in Roxbury was already flooded. Hardest hit is Cumberland County, where more than 93,000 customers are without power. More than 71,000 outages are reported in York County and another 30,000 customers in Androscoggin County are without power.
Emergency officials reported downed trees and live wires in many roads across the area. Gov. Paul LePage issued a message to residents Monday morning urging them to stay safe while they travel in stormy conditions. The Maine Department of Transportation warned motorists to take extra time during their commute. Schools in Portland, South Portland, Brunswick, Wells and Sanford were closed Monday. The University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College were also closed. First responders and public works crews handled hundreds of calls for trees and wires down. In Brunswick, two large trees fell in the middle of campus of the Bowdoin College.