BANGOR-Thousands of Mainer’s are preparing to spend another long night in the dark as utility crews work to restore power around the state.
The powerful snowstorm that rolled through the area Thursday into Friday brought more than 2 feet of snow to some areas. Others escaped with nothing more than rain, especially along the coast. At the height of the storm, more than 100 thousand customers were left without power. That includes some 98 thousand in Central Maine Power territory and 24 thousand in Emera Maine territory. Tens of thousands had been restored by late Friday afternoon, but some may not see their electricity restored until later in the weekend. Utility crews plan to work into the night tonight and will be back on the job Saturday morning. People who lost power are urged to practice safety with any candles or alternative heating sources. That also goes for generators that should be used in well ventilated areas. They should also be installed properly to avoid electrical shocks. As of 5:00 Friday, Emera Maine was still trying to restore 7219 outages in Penobscot, Hancock, Washington and piscatiquis counties. CMP was still dealing with about 57 thousand.