- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

A powerful fall storm lashed Maine on Sunday with strong gusts and heavy snow, dumping more than a foot on parts of the state and knocking out power to more than 100,000 homes and businesses.

Gov. Paul LePage issued an emergency proclamation allowing utility crews to stay on the road for longer hours to help repair lines and restore power.

“Our first concern is to get power back on for Mainers. Please stay safe and keep off the roads to allow utility crews to do their work,” the governor said.

CMP reported outages involving about 80,000 customers, and Emera Maine reported nearly 40,000 customers were in the dark early Sunday evening. CMP spokesman John Carroll said it would take many days to get power restored, leaving the prospect of some people being left without electricity on Election Day, Tuesday.

The storm was so severe that utility crews had difficulty getting around to assess damage, Carroll said. Restoration efforts wouldn’t begin in earnest until Monday, he said.

The storm packed gusts of 50 mph across much of Maine. Hampden recorded 15.5 inches of snow as of Sunday evening, and it was still snowing. Elsewhere, Hope saw 15.3 inches, Prospect saw 12 inches, Winterport 11 inches, and Boothbay Harbor 7 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Southern Maine escaped with mostly rain.

Dozens of cars slid off roads, keeping police busy.

The Coast Guard suspended the search Sunday for two fishermen whose vessel was believed to have sunk the day before. One fisherman was plucked from the ocean but two others were aboard the boat.

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