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UPDATE: Halloween storm downs trees, darkens homes

Over 3,000 still without electricity Nov. 2
By Stephen Betts | Nov 02, 2019
Photo by: Susan Mustapich A large branch from a willow tree was blown over on James Street in Rockland.

Public safety crews were being flooded the morning of Nov. 1 with calls about trees falling from the strong winds brought by the Halloween storm that drenched the Midcoast.

Many of the trees were blocking roads or partially blocking roads at numerous locations around the county,

As of 8:15 a.m. Nov. 1, Central Maine Power's website reported 4,476 homes and businesses were without electricity. Throughout CMP's coverage area, more than 77,000 homes and businesses were in the dark.

There were 1,72 outages in St. George. There were 677 outages in Warren, 400 in Owls Head, 344 in Union, 208 in Appleton, and 269 in Washington. Nearly every community, however, had some outages.

St. George canceled school for the day.

On Nov. 1, the National Weather Service reported that winds at 6:30 a.m. at the Knox County Regional Airport were gusting to 36 miles per hour.

As of 9 a.m. Nov. 1, CMP was reporting 106 outages in Camden, 99 in Rockport, 590 in Lincolnville, 210 in Appleton and 48 in Hope. Just before 10 a.m. a section of a tree on Route 1 across from the Offshore Restaurant split off and fell on power lines knocking out power along Route in Rockport, Beech Hill Road, Main Street and Union Street.

On Nov. 2, power was out for many for a second day, and CMP reported new power outages in several towns. As of 6:40 a.m., 3,173 outages were reported in Knox County, as follows: Appleton, 84, Camden 570, Cushing 103, Friendship 52, Hope 75, Owls Head 4, Rockland 12, Rockport 41, South Thomaston 51, St. George 1,690, Thomaston 26, Union 71, Warren 100, Washington 294. In Waldo County, CMP reported 356 outages in Lincolnville.

By Nov. 3, 1 p.m., outages in Knox County were down to 93, and no outages were reported in Lincolnville, according to CMP.

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