BANGOR – One of the big concerns today is keeping the lights on.
Emera Maine has had crews in place since before the snow started to fall and started seeing outages pick up this afternoon as the winds picked up.
There was a little more than 1,700 outages reported late this afternoon. Most of those are in Hancock and Washington Counties, around Gouldsboro, Sullivan and Winter Harbor. There are also 22 outages in Penobscot county.
The concern is what could happen as we head into the night when very strong wind gusts are expected.
That’s the kind of weather that could easily bring down limbs and power lines.
Emera spokesperson, Bob Potts said “When that happens it’s dangerous to have our line workers up in the bucket trucks and climbing poles in winds that strong. And so the big message we want to get out to Emera Maine customers is if the winds stay that strong for prolonged periods of time, which it sounds like they may, folks should batten down the hatches and be prepared to be without power until Tuesday.”
Potts said some line workers spent the night in Bangor to get ready for the storm and others were dispatched to Washington and Hancock counties where it’s expected to be worse. He’s urging drivers to slow down and give the line workers plenty of room to do their jobs.
People who use generators or alternative heating sources are also urged to use them according to the manufacturers guidelines.
It’s also a good idea to clear any snow that could be blocking air intakes to stoves or other appliances.