Winds knocking out power again

By Stephen Betts | Nov 10, 2017
Photo by: CMP

Less than a week after power was restored for about 14,000 Knox County homes and businesses, gusty winds are playing havoc with the electrical system.

The strong winds that have accompanied an arctic front Friday morning, Nov. 10 have also led to nearly 25,000 outages in Central Maine Power's coverage area.

In Knox County, outages peaked at 3,498, according to CMP's web site. The most were in Union with 1,321 outages, 866 in Washington, 721 in Appleton, 532 in Hope, 46 in Rockport and 12 in Warren.

The latest information from CMP at 11:30 a.m. was that outages in Knox County were down to 1,148 homes and businesses.

Winds along the coast are gusting to 46 miles per hour and are expected to continue Friday night before diminishing later Saturday.

For some areas, this is only a few days after a week-long power outage resulting from the Oct. 30 gale.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Nov 12, 2017 16:33

I think they could bury the lines with cost-saving revenue--not putting back up downed lines. I agree to having the lines buried and in the long run savings galore!

Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Nov 12, 2017 08:42

Recent power outages reveal that it would be wiser and cheaper, in the long run, to bury power lines. The state's and Knox county's outages illustrate how expensive it is to re-connect downed power lines the old-fashioned way. Bringing in out-of-state utility workers to supplement CMP crews costs tens of thousands of dollars, and the next time we experience weather-related outages, the costs merely escalate with no longterm solution. That approach is not unlike Sisyphus rolling the heavy rock up a hill, repeatedly, only to have it roll back down again, and again and again.

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