Release Date: 10-17-2018Bangor and Presque Isle, Maine — Even as crews complete efforts to reconnect more than 15,000 customers throughout northern and eastern Maine after Tuesday’s damaging winds, Emera Maine is preparing for another day of challenging weather conditions.Forecasters have indicated wind gusts could reach 45 mph throughout the region between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. Elevated winds and gusts may bring down trees and branches, leading to power outages.“Our storm team is making sure we secure all the resources we need for repair and restoration efforts Thursday and Friday,” said Lisa Martin, Emera Maine storm manager. “We urge customers to put safety first by reporting any downed lines or unsafe conditions.”If you see a downed line or anything that looks unsafe:• Stay away! Never touch a downed power line.• Never touch a tree in contact with a downed line.• Never drive over a downed power line.• Please call local authorities and Emera Maine.With temperatures falling, Emera Maine also urges customers who use an emergency generator to ensure it is installed and operated safely. Improper use of a generator can cause life-threatening situations for users and those working to restore electrical service.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. If you are reporting a downed line or unsafe situation, you can press 1-2 once you hear the main menu. For more news, follow @emerame on Twitter. Emera Maine is committed to delivering safe, reliable electric service. As the state's second-largest electric utility, the company delivers electricity to more than 158,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers across 10,400 square miles in five counties in eastern and northern Maine.