STATEWIDE – Mainers are bracing for a Nor’easter that is supposed to hit the area with high winds and heavy rain Wednesday night into Thursday.
Power companies are also preparing for the worst.
“We’re working in every area that we cover to make sure we are ready to safely respond as quickly as possible,” said Judy Long, a spokeswoman for Emera Maine.
Power company officials say this is shaping up to be the first significant wind and rain event of the storm season.
They say they have been watching the forecast for the last few days .
“We’ve been gearing up, making sure we have plenty of crews ready to handle any outages,” said Long.
Central Maine Power communications manager Catherine Harnett says if the outages are reported, they won’t go unnoticed.
“The first thing we do is try to gauge where we need to deploy our people,” said Harnett. “Do we need extra crews coming in to assist? And we try to remain flexible so we have the right people in the right place at the right time.”
They say people may get caught off-guard because it’s not winter, but the public still needs to be prepared with flashlights and water.
They urge everyone to report downed lines and make sure they move over for crews trying to repair them.
“The fall can be very challenging, in terms of the ground is not yet frozen, the trees are more likely to topple if the winds are strong, particularly if the ground has been soaked or saturated with rain, and the limbs can be heavier because of the burden of leaves they are still carrying,” said Long. “So, for the last couple of years, our most severe storms that caused the most outages have actually been fall storms.”