- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine’s utility companies are preparing to deploy their forces in case the powerful snowstorm knocks out power to homes and businesses.

Emera Maine says that the combination of heavy snow and strong winds could result in downed trees and power lines and “significant” power outages. The company says it’s monitoring weather forecasts, fueling trucks and preparing storm kits for its crews.

Central Maine Power is also equipping and fueling its utility trucks and finalizing its storm-response plans. The company says it has contract workers on alert that they may need to assist if there is widespread damage.

Forecasters say that snow will begin falling early Tuesday in coastal Maine and will last into Wednesday morning. Some areas could see up to 2 feet of snow.

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