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CMP: No power restoration to happen Monday, may take several days

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STATEWIDE (WGME) -- Gail Rice with Central Maine Power says no power restoration will happen on Monday following a powerful storm that left more than 393,000 customers in the dark.

CMP says they have outages in every part of their service area. The numbers are higher in southern and coastal areas.

“Our priority today is to make downed lines safe. Crews will de-energize downed lines, and then move on to the next set of downed lines,” CMP said in a press release. “This must be done before restoration can begin. Because so many downed lines need to be made safe, we do not expect to do much restoration today except for lines that serve critical facilities such as hospitals.”

CMP says downed trees and debris are blocking access to many areas, hindering their ability to move around.

Due to the extent of the damage, restoration estimates will not be available Monday.

CMP says the recovery effort will take several days.

“We thank customers for their patience and understanding,” CMP said in a press release.

CMP says Monday's peak outages of more than 376,000 are higher than the peak outages during the Ice Storm of 1998, which was 270,000.

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