(Augusta) – More than 130-thousand Mainers spent a 3rd night without electricity following Monday’s powerful wind storm. That’s down from a quarter million statewide yesterday. Central Maine Power company spokeswoman Gail Rice says luckily the cold weather has not hit Maine. CMP still had about 107-thousand customers out early this morning, and Emera Maine 25-thousand outages.
(Local) An Orono resident tells Star 97-7 she was excited to see the electricity come back on in her neighborhood on Tuesday until she realized she was the only house on the block without power. She then discovered the willow tree that fell down in her yard during the windstorm had ripped the electrical box off the side of her home. Emera Maine spokeswoman Judy Long says homeowners have responsibilities too
(Local) Generators are hard to come by this week. EBS in Ellsworth, Viking Lumber in Hancock and Ellsworth Chainsaw are sold out. You may have some luck at Guptills in Machias where 3 generators were in stock as of Wednesday afternoon. And Home Depot in Ellsworth says they have 6-thousand-watt generators but it’s limited to one per customer.
Rockport – Body Found
(Rockport) – Hunters found a badly decomposed human body in Rockport. State and local police are investigating the discovery. They’ve found identification with the remains taken to the Medical Examiner’s office. The discovery came on the Mount Pleasant Road near the Hope town line. Police tell the Pen Bay Pilot they’re treating the discovery as an unattended death.
(Veazie) -The windstorm and resulting power outages may be responsible for a fire that damaged a Veazie home last evening. WABI-TV reports the family living in the Oak Grove Road home said they were using a wood stove to stay warm while the power was out. The fire started in the attic, and Emera Maine had restored power to the house, and responded to the scene to cut the power. No one was injured.
(Garland) – A mobile home, barn and several other sheds went up in explosions and flames last evening in Garland. WVII-TV reports a propane tank exploded and there were multiple other blasts while firefighters battled the flames on Upper Notch Road. The family living on the complex had packed a camper to head to Florida for the winter. The camper was not damaged.
Drug Take-Back Results
(Maine) The results are in after last Saturday’s drug take-back event. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reports Maine again had the largest collection of the New England states with over 41-thousand-pounds of medication, and for the 14th time in a row the largest collection per capita in the U.S. Resident Agent in Charge Michael Wardrop says during the first 4 years he attributed the high collection of drugs to great statewide participation…until Maine exceeded 30-thousand-pounds. Wardrop says it then became apparent that demographics, over-prescribing, and excessive waste due to the highest median age in the US were contributing factors to the large collection numbers.
(Castine) Maine Maritime Academy is shut down for the week as a result of the power outages. Director of College Relations Jennifer DeJoy says roads on campus were passable as of Tuesday and power is restored, but campus is effectively closed through this Friday. To make up for the lost week, MMA classes will run until December 15th and final exams will occur during the week of December 18th through December 22nd.
(Statewide) Five-hundred-68 utility poles were broken across Maine in the wake of Wind Storm 2017. Spotty cell phone service and internet coverage is being reported in many areas, even where power has been restored. State police spokesman Steve McCausland says they’re hearing of residents clearing downed trees with power lines still running through them. McCausland says so far, no injuries, but it’s extremely dangerous especially since power is being restored at a rapid rate. Both CMP and Emera expected to make good progress Wednesday because of the decent weather. The utility companies are stressing that residents NOT talk to the line crews, so they can do their work.
- Houston Astros win the World Series, taking game seven 5-to-1. Astros slugger George Springer named the series MVP.
- Boston Celtics 113 Sacramento Kings 86
- Patriots sign backup quarterback Brian Hoyer who’d been released by the 49ers to whom New England traded backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
- Duke is #1 in the pre-season NCAA basketball poll.
Boys Soccer N. ME Finals
Class “A” Lewiston 2 Bangor 1
Class “D” Bgr. Christian 1 Ctr. Aroostook 0
“B” Winslow at Washington Academy
“C” George Stevens at Fort Kent
Girls Soccer N. ME Finals
“A” Camden Hills 3 Bangor 1
“B” Presque Isle 1 Hermon 0
“C” Houlton 4 Dexter 2
“D” Ashland 5 Penobscot Valley 1