2016-09-12 / Front Page

In York County, the lights come on as rain moves out

By ALAN BENNETT Staff Writer

YORK COUNTY — Power has been restored to thousands across York County this morning, after heavy rain and gusty winds caused power outages in many southern parts of the state.

Morning storms knocked out power for 13,100 residents in southern Maine, Central Maine Power Spokeswoman Gail Rice said in an email Sunday.

About 11,000 of those outages were reported in York County, alone.

“As of 4:30 Sunday afternoon, we were down to about 2,700 customer accounts without service, with about 1,300 of those in York County,” Rice said. “Our outage restoration estimates are subject to change depending on the extent of damage our crews find, working conditions, and any new outages from gusty northwesterly winds forecast to hit the area later Sunday.”

Rice said the company began receiving calls reporting outages around 10 a.m. Sunday, and that crews had been working around the clock to restore service.

She anticipated most customers would see power restored before this morning, but did say there may have been a “handful” of customers who remain without service overnight.

As of this morning, no outages have been reported to CMP’s online outage information center.

The lights come on just in time for stormy weather to move out, as skies are set to remain clear for most of the week.

The first half of the week should be mostly sunny with temperatures ranging in the 70s, Nikki Becker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray said Sunday.

And while for many the transition to fall has already begun, a warm front will move in Wednesday that will bring temperatures into the low 80s and, with it, humidity and the potential for showers.

Becker said in York County there is about a 30 percent chance of rain on Wednesday.

For beachgoers clinging onto the last days of summer, the forecast looks good. But those partaking in outdoor activities are reminded to take precaution against the sun if they plan on being out for long.

“The key thing is, even though the sun’s slowly changing its angle as we increase to being fall, if it’s sunny all day you still have a chance for sun exposure. So we feel people need to do what they can to protect themselves,” Becker said.

Becker said there may be a small craft advisory later this week as wind patterns continue to change.

But for now, the week looks like smooth sailing for most, with gentle winds and temperatures averaging in the 70s.

— Staff Writer Alan Bennett can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 329 or abennett@journaltribune.com.

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