Power Outage Numbers in Maine Rival '98 Ice Storm
The number of homes and businesses in the dark in Maine has surpassed the peak number from an infamous 1998 ice storm.
More than 480,000 homes were in the dark in Maine on Monday afternoon after a storm ripped across the Northeast overnight. More than 1.5 million customers were without power throughout the region.
Central Maine Power, the state's largest utility, said its 391,000 outages surpassed the peak of 345,000 homes and businesses without power during the ice storm. CMP spokesman John Carroll said 200 crews are working and more are on the way from other states. Customers are being warned it could take a week to restore power.
The Portland International Jetport had recorded a peak wind gust of 69 mph in the storm.
The winds knocked down trees and power lines in several states, forcing scores of schools to close.
Central Maine Power said Monday the hardest hit counties are York, Cumberland, Kennebec, and Androscoggin.
Some stoplights aren't functional, making for treacherous driving. Other streets are flooded. Numerous schools were canceled for Monday. Others were delayed.
The Amtrak Downeaster service canceled a morning run due to downed trees on the tracks.