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Residents 'know how to cope'

Islanders unmoved by blustery winds, power outages

By Sarah E. Reynolds | Nov 16, 2020
Source: Town of Islesboro Facebook page The Islesboro Town Office shares a building and a generator with the island's health center.

Islesboro — What might strike the uninitiated as a catastrophe is old hat to Islesboro Town Clerk Cindy Gorham, who answered the phone when we called Monday morning, Nov. 16, after the strong winds the previous night. Central Maine Power was listing 994 customers and 994 outages on the island, and we were seeking the story.

"That's not news. That happens all the time," Gorham said, with a chuckle in her voice, noting that any big wind can knock out electricity on Islesboro. She said the island's health center has a generator, and the Town Office, being in the same building, is hooked up to it as well.

"Anyone who has lived here any length of time either has a generator or knows how to cope," Gorham said. She added that a CMP representative had already been on the island before our 9:30 a.m. call.

The island accounted for the bulk of the 1,446 outages CMP was reporting in Waldo County as of 9:25 a.m. Monday. The only other town with more than 100 outages was Northport, with 117. By 8 a.m. Tuesday, there were just 23 customers without power in the county, 12 on Islesboro and 11 in Lincolnville. Most should be restored by late this afternoon, the company said on its website.

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