HANCOCK COUNTY- Wind and rain caused damage in most of the state Thursday, as well as power outages and road closures.
“As certainty of the forecast increased and it was clear we were going to see some impacts throughout our service territory, we’ve been organizing to make sure we have enough line crews and the support staff,” said Judy Long, a spokesperson for Emera Maine.
More than 200,000 people were without power at noon on Thursday, with nearly 40,000 of those being Emera customers.
People are comparing this to a windstorm that happened last year that left some people without electricity for a few days.
“I would say this one was right on par because last year, at this time yesterday, we had a nor’easter that delayed school two hours,” said Mary Perkins, a Deer Isle resident. “This one may be a little more amped up because the timing of it.”
Long said the coastal area of Hancock County was one of the hardest hit by the storm, with gusts reaching up to 70 mph.
“Living on Deer Isle, I couldn’t get off the island until after 10,” Perkins added. “When I tried to get off around 8, trees were down on every road I turned to.”
On Verona Island, a driver had a close call with a tree, when it fell on his van while he was driving down East Side Drive.
Officials tell us the driver wasn’t injured, but people should remember to use extra caution when it comes to this type of weather.
“If you have to go out, just take your time,” said Deputy Mariza Gionfriddo with the Hancock County Sheriff’s office. “Drive slow. Just be patient with the weather that’s out there right now.”
According to Emera’s website, they’ll be working into the weekend to restore power to customers.