Halloween windstorm takes out power for many

By Staff | Nov 01, 2019
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Two trees block Burnham Hill Road in Montville the morning of Nov. 1, trapping residents of a house between the two. Many trees and limbs came down in the windstorm Halloween night into the following morning.

The second windstorm of the month struck Maine last night and continued into this morning, taking down limbs and trees and knocking out power to thousands of customers across the state.

In Waldo County, as of 2:20 p.m., Central Maine Power was reporting 6,656 customers without power, of a total of 25,566. The company was still assessing damage in many towns in the county.

Around 1:45 p.m. today, the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency posted the following on its Facebook page:

"We have been informed by CMP that most of their effort in Waldo County has been in getting roads opened. If you do not have power at this point, you will most likely not have power overnight. Depending on the remoteness of your location, it might be a few days. Plan ahead now for what you are going to do tonight. The temperatures will be dropping overnight to around 32 deg F by daybreak tomorrow, then going back up again. Your town office of fire station might be open, if you need to charge a phone or get drinking water. If you phone works, call them before you go out. "

No schools were closed today, but Lincolnville Central School, part of School Union 69, dismissed early at 11:45 a.m. because of a power outage.

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