Nor'easter ice storm hits the midcoast
HARPSWELL (WGME) -- The massive Nor'easter storm ended up dumping up to a foot of snow in parts of Maine. But along the coast, it was a different story; high winds and an ice storm. People who live on Bailey Island in Harpswell tell us the wind howled overnight as the ice pelted their homes. They say the storm was intense, with high winds and blinding snow and ice.
While most people in Maine spent the day digging out snow from yesterday's Nor'easter, Bailey Island, and several other islands up and down the Maine coast, got hit with an ice storm, weighing down trees, power lines, pretty much everything. With an inch of ice covering anything and everything in sight -- you almost expected the birds to be covered with ice, too.
Greg Schneider says "The ice that came after the snow made it really heavy and messy." He and Carly Lochner live on Orr's Island. They are one of dozens of people who lost power overnight, when this ice-heavy tree limb fell on a power line. CMP crews restored power Friday morning. Meantime, road crews were back out salting and plowing the ice covered roads.
Plow truck driver George Smith says the roads are "Getting better." He says "They were pretty bad this morning cause of the freezing rain." Smith is already looking ahead to yet another snowstorm heading our way. He says "Got a lot of work to do. Another storm coming tomorrow." But Carly Lochner says "I love it. I say bring it on. I'd rather have snow than ice."
What's left of the Nor'easter is over eastern Canada now. All that's left here are rough seas off the Maine coast. From the tip of Bailey Island, you could see the pounding surf at Halfway Rock Lighthouse four miles offshore. This Nor'easter didn't cause widespread power outages in Maine. But when you consider the impact up and down the eastern seaboard, this was a Nor'easter to remember.