Hurricane Sandy brings downed limbs, power outages, little maritime damage
Rockland — Olivia Hooper of Rockland recalls the sound of the tree falling on her house. "It sounded like a snowplow, that scraping sound."
Hooper was reading around midnight on Oct. 29 when a neighbor's tree fell on the North Main Street house she and her mother Valerie Hooper share. The Hoopers said they haven't yet tried to move the tree, which is rooted on a neighbor's property, but that it seems to have caused little to no structural damage.
"We're very, very lucky," said Valerie, a youth minister at St. Bernard Church in Rockland. "Just a few more feet and we would've been hurt."
The Hoopers' close call echoes the lack of widespread damage along the Midcoast in Hurricane Sandy's wake. However, power remains out for many in Knox and Lincoln counties following high winds on Oct. 29 and 30.
According to a press release from Central Maine Power (CMP), 89 Knox households were without power as of 9 p.m. on Oct. 29, but the company's website shows that 815 Knox County customers, or roughly 3 percent of CMP's Knox County clients, were in the dark as of noon on Oct. 30.
Lincoln County has been harder hit than Knox, with 4,383 CMP customers, or 16.5 percent, still without power as of noon on Oct. 30.
A press release generated by Knox County Emergency Management Agency Director Ray Sisk reported that 911 answered approximately 150 calls during the 12-hour period between 3 p.m., Oct. 29 and 3 a.m., Oct. 30.
According to Sisk, winds will drop to 15 to 20 mph during the day Oct. 30 and scattered rain showers will persist through the next few days.
Rockland Harbormaster Ed Glaser called the storm's lack of significant maritime damage "very reassuring," and said that Sandy's arrival was late enough in the season that most vessels and floats had been pulled out of the water already.
"This one was as bad as they said it was going to be," Glaser said.
Courier Publications reporter Bane Okholm can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at email@example.com.