- Associated Press - Monday, January 11, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A storm that knocked out power to thousands of Mainers brought hurricane-force wind gusts and more than 3 inches of rain to the state, officials said Monday.

Central Maine Power and Emera Maine reported more than 30,000 homes and businesses in the dark at the storm’s peak Sunday night, and about 20,000 remained without power early Monday evening. More than half of the outages were in hard-hit Hancock County.

Gov. Paul LePage declared a limited emergency to allow Canadian line workers to enter the state and to extend the hours of utility workers to help restore power to customers quickly.

Utility workers were trying to keep ahead of the next storm. The National Weather Service forecast up to a foot of snow for much of the state starting Tuesday. Most of the state except for southern and western counties was placed under a winter storm warning.

The lingering power outages were tied to a powerful storm that caused gusts up to 80 mph Sunday evening in Lubec and 66 mph in Eastport, the National Weather Service said. Elsewhere, there were gusts of 59 mph in South Bristol, 56 mph in Brewer and 52 mph in Greenville.

The powerful winds were accompanied by driving rain that topped 3 inches in some communities, flooding some roads and temporarily closing a bridge in Falmouth, officials said.

Slick roads were blamed for a crash in Amherst that closed Route 9 for several hours. A utility pole was knocked over but there were no serious injuries, troopers said.


This story has been corrected to show 20,000 were without power Monday morning, not Thursday morning.

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