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Storm knocks out power for thousands of Mainers

December 23, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The number of people without power in Maine has spiked as ice has weighed down trees and power lines.

Central Maine Power said nearly 57,000 were without power Monday afternoon, up from 29,000 it had been reporting earlier. Hardest hit was Kennebec County with about 20,000 and Waldo County at nearly 15,000 customers without power.

Bangor Hydro reported that more than 32,595 customers were without power Monday afternoon. That’s down from the peak at nearly 39,000 earlier, but still leaves roughly one-third of the utility’s customers in the dark.

The utility says rapidly changing weather conditions mean power is being knocked out in one location just as its being brought back on in another.

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