More than 22,000 Maine customers are still without power

Auxiliaries continued to make progress on restoring power Saturday, but more than 22,000 Maine customers remained in the dark late Saturday night after a Friday storm hit electric wires across the state.

Central Maine Power said it expects to restore power to "99 percent" of affected customers by Sunday night, but 14,165 in the service area remained without power Saturday night.

"With the wind calm, the company expects no further storm-related power outages and is focused on removing system damage and restoring power" to the remaining customers without power, the company said in a statement.

Right after 9 PM, CMP's website reported most power outages were in the counties of Somerset, Franklin, Lincoln and Cumberland, with the highest number being reported in Somerset County, where 3,428 customers were without power at 9:1[ads1]0 pm

About 1100 customers were still without power in Cumberland County, including 348 in Harpswell, the city with the most power outages in the county. [19659002] Emera Maine erected 8,317 power outages across the northern and eastern parts of the state Saturday night, down from around 20,000 earlier in the day.

Friday morning's windstorm was the second in the fall to cause widespread power outages. Last month, about 180,000 customers lost power, and many schools and businesses were forced to shut down.

Temper The tours dipped to near freezing on Saturday morning, but are expected to rise slightly through the weekend.

During the last round of power outages the city of Portland, the heating shelters opened to thousands of residents without electricity; this time, however, only a few dozen CMP customers in the city were reported without service Saturday morning. A total of 27 still remained without power after 1 p.m. Saturday.

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