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High winds, rain cause power outages in Maine

November 27, 2013

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gusty winds and lots of rain are causing power outages for thousands of Mainers.

A Central Maine Power Co. spokeswoman Gail Rice says the company is reporting about 2,800 outages throughout the state on Wednesday.

She says the hardest hit areas have been Waldo and Penobscot Counties and along Maine’s coast.

Rice says all CMP employees are on notice that they may have to be called in over the holiday to restore the outages.

Bangor Hydro Electric was reporting about 1,700 outages Wednesday morning.

CMP is encouraging residents to keep battery-operated flashlights and radios nearby in case power is lost. It says when using emergency heating sources, like a wood stove, to make sure to the space is ventilated properly.

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