BANGOR - The ice storm of 2013 may be over, but the effects of the storm will likely be felt into the start of next week.
Thousand of Mainers without power and as the temperatures continue to drop, the health of many is a concern to state officials.
"Although not as severe as the ice storm in 1998, I believe its the largest storm we've had since that time," says President of Bangor Hydro, Gerard Chasse. "It's an all hands on deck event for us."
It only takes a single gust of wind to have a frozen tree limb hit the electrical wires, knocking out power to thousands.
"We're urging people to make a plan and not to wait it out till power gets back because worst case scenario it may be Friday or Saturday for power," says Michelle Tanguay, Director for the Penobscot County Emergency Management Agency.
Around noon time Tuesday 100,000 Mainers were left in the dark, making the below freezing temperatures a serious concern.
"Those without power who do not have a working heat source are advised to consider making plans for an alternative shelter," says Chasse.
Those shelters scattered throughout the state, the Brewer Auditorium serving Penobscot County.
"We'll have a place for them to sleep, and we'll have a warm dinner for them and breakfast in the morning," says Joanne Harriman, Shelter Director.
As for the power, many may remain in the dark throughout the weekend.
"Single customer outages may go beyond friday," says Chasse. Those are the homes in the more rural part of the state.
Holiday plans simply ruined for those at home and the crews out working around the clock.
Chasse says, "We have about 325 workers total, both in the office and in the field."
Patience is asked of those who have yet to see the lights back on, but as the hours turn into days it is a patience that grows thinner as the ice starts to melt away.
This link will direct you to an up-to-date Shelter list. You can also call 2-1-1 for assistance.
Andrew joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 News team in June of 2012. Since a young child he always wanted to pursue a career in Broadcast Journalism, and is honored to start his journey in Eastern Maine. He enjoys nothing more than meeting the members of the community and sharing their stories with our viewers.
Raised in Houston, Texas, Andrew graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in Communications. Before moving up to the Pine Tree State, Andrew was a student reporter for The Morning Show on New England Cable News (NECN).
When not in the newsroom, Andrew enjoys volunteering at the Bangor Humane Society. You can see him there at least once a week interacting with many of the dogs. He also enjoys cooking, reading, watching his favorite movies, and going to the gym.
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