PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Tens of thousands of Maine electric customers remain without power as an ice storm continues to put the state in a deep freeze.
The National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning in much of the state through noon Monday with fog and freezing drizzle making driving hazardous.
Central Maine Power Co. reported nearly 29,000 people without power, a dramatic jump from the 500 outages reported Monday morning.
Bangor Hydro reported more than 35,000 customers without power late Monday afternoon. That’s nearly five times the number from Monday morning. Hancock and Washington counties are the hardest hit. The utility is blaming icing on power lines and tree limbs, but is diverting crews from less affected areas to get the power back on as soon as possible.