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Emera Maine prepares for predicted windstorm

Release Date:  10-06-2017

Bangor and Presque Isle, Maine — A front bringing the potential for windy weather is predicted to move north through Emera Maine’s service territory beginning Sunday morning.

Crews have been placed on standby and will be ready to respond in the field and in the Customer Contact Center if wind gusts lead to outages.

“Gusts of 35 to 40 mph are expected only during limited periods as the storm moves across the state, but winds in that range have the potential to cause damage,” said Kevin Peterson, Storm Manager and Manager of Customer Contact Center Operations. “We’re hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.”

Over the last year, Emera Maine has worked to reduce the number of service interruptions by addressing more trouble trees and danger trees, such as those in declining health. Falling limbs and trees are the leading cause of customer outages.

Customers can do their part by planning ahead as well. For tips on how to prepare for a power outage, visit emeramaine.com and click on “Outages & Restoration” and “Be Prepared.”

As always, customers are reminded to be mindful of the following safety hazards:

  • NEVER touch a downed power line or a tree in contact with a downed power line. Never drive over one.
  • The public is urged to slow down or move over and change lanes, when possible, if approaching utility crews working on roadways, to ensure everyone's safety.
  • If you use an alternate heat source or generator, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines at all times.

Customers may report outages, get the latest outage information and view our live outage and restoration map at emeramaine.com.  Outages also can be reported by calling our Customer Contact Center at 1-855-EMERA-11 (1-855-363-7211) or 207-973-2000. Follow us on Twitter: @emeramaine.