Crews work to restore power to tens of thousands of Mainers

Thousands of customers lost power Wednesday morning as a front moved through the state, bringing heavy rain and strong winds.Central Maine Power reported more than 36,000 customers without power as of 8 p.m. Outages were widespread, but Kennebec County was hardest hit. Outages peaked at about 107,000 in the early afternoon.CMP said it had crews spread out across the area ready to make repairs when needed and extra crews were on standby if needed.There were numerous reports of downed trees across parts of southern and central Maine with several roads blocked, including in Buxton, Saco, Wales, Oakland, and Windham. Police urged drivers to be very careful. In Westbrook, a tree nearly fell on a home, startling the homeowners. The strongest winds lasted throughout the morning, with conditions improving throughout the afternoon.Wednesday’s power outages were bad news for Mainers working remotely due to the pandemic.”I was supposed to virtual conference. I can’t get on to that today,” said Geoff Pellechia, who lost power.Pellechia works for a company in North Carolina and was working from home before the pandemic.”Sometimes you can get a little internet access. You can roam off your cellphone which is what I’ve been doing this morning,” Pellechia said.

Thousands of customers lost power Wednesday morning as a front moved through the state, bringing heavy rain and strong winds.

Central Maine Power reported more than 36,000 customers without power as of 8 p.m. Outages were widespread, but Kennebec County was hardest hit. Outages peaked at about 107,000 in the early afternoon.

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CMP said it had crews spread out across the area ready to make repairs when needed and extra crews were on standby if needed.

A tree brought down wires and blocked Kennedy Memorial Drive in Oakland

Dan McEachern

A tree came down on wires, blocking Kennedy Memorial Drive in Oakland Wednesday morning.

There were numerous reports of downed trees across parts of southern and central Maine with several roads blocked, including in Buxton, Saco, Wales, Oakland, and Windham.

Police urged drivers to be very careful. In Westbrook, a tree nearly fell on a home, startling the homeowners.

The strongest winds lasted throughout the morning, with conditions improving throughout the afternoon.

Wednesday’s power outages were bad news for Mainers working remotely due to the pandemic.

“I was supposed to virtual conference. I can’t get on to that today,” said Geoff Pellechia, who lost power.

Pellechia works for a company in North Carolina and was working from home before the pandemic.

“Sometimes you can get a little internet access. You can roam off your cellphone which is what I’ve been doing this morning,” Pellechia said.