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CMP working to restore power to thousands of Mainers

In Maine, CMP is reporting more than 19,000 customers in the dark. (WGME)

KITTERY (WGME) -- There are tens of thousands of power outages across New England.

In Maine, CMP is reporting more than 19,000 customers in the dark.

In all, the company says 52,000 customers lost power at some point during the storm.

Central Maine Power crews blame more than a foot of heavy, wet snow which caused fir trees to sag, and even snap, right down on top of power lines.

Most of those outages were in York County.

Kittery alone had nearly 5,000 CMP customers without power, the hardest hit community by far.

Ninety line crews are working to restore power through the state.

About a dozen of them are in Kittery, and they've been making steady progress, dropping from around 5,000 customers to now only 1,700 without power.

One person still without power is Rita Chute, who was out shoveling snow, getting some exercise to try to keep warm.

"They said it was going to be basically a coastal storm,” Chute said. “But I thought maybe it would hit York instead of Kittery again, but unfortunately we got it."

CMP hopes to have power restored to Kittery by 8 p.m.

Across the border in New Hampshire, 60,000 homes and businesses lost power, and a power line snapped and fell right across I-95 in Portsmouth.

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