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Emera Maine keeping a watchful eye to the sky, rallying resources as Thanksgiving storm approaches

Release Date:  11-25-2014

Bangor, Maine — Emera Maine’s Storm Response Team is keeping a close eye on yet another winter storm that’s expected to bring 7 – 11 inches of snow to Maine Wednesday night into Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. The utility is readying trucks, stock and appropriate personnel as we prepare for the possibility of power outages, especially in eastern and Downeast Maine which is expected to see the most snowfall.

“With leaves off the trees and winds expected to be moderate, we aren’t expecting this storm to impact the system the way the storm of November 2 did,” said Lisa Martin, Manager of Line & Meter Operations. “However, as was the case with the November 2 storm, the ground is still not frozen and large trees could topple over under the weight of significant snow. Combine those concerns with the fact that it is a holiday week, we feel it is important to make arrangements to ensure areas of our service territory most likely to be impacted have appropriate coverage.”

Field crews, customer service, dispatch, and other personnel have been placed on standby should outages occur.

As always customers are reminded to stay clear of fallen power lines and trees near or touching them. Locating account numbers in advance and programming the Customer Service Center phone number into cell phones can help speed up the reporting process. Anyone using alternate heat sources and generators is reminded to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.

The Storm Response Team will continue to monitor the storm’s track and modify staffing plans as needed.

Customers can get the latest outage information and view our live outage map at emeramaine.com. Outages can be reported online or by calling our customer service center at 1-855-EMERA-11 (1-855-363-7211) Local: 207-973-2000.