Nor’easter leaves tens of thousands without electricity

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Utility crews work to restore power Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, on Main Street in Greenwood, Maine, where the majority of Central Maine Power customers were without power after the first major winter storm of the season brought heavy, wet snow and high winds to the region. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal via AP)

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Utility workers restored power to more than 125,000 homes and businesses in Maine following a weekend nor’easter, but tens of thousands of customers remained without Monday.

The storm brought heavy snow, sleet, rain and powerful gusts that knocked out electricity to more than 225,000 customers Saturday and Sunday in Maine, the hardest-hit state in New England.

About 80,000 Central Maine Power customers were without power Monday morning, along with 3,500 Versant Power customers in eastern and northern Maine. About 8,000 customers were without power in New Hampshire.

David Flanagan, CMP’s executive chairman, thanked the hundreds of utility crews and tree trimmers from around the region for their hard work.

“That being said, there is still work to be done and we won’t stop until we reach full restoration for all,” he said in a statement.

Wind and heavy snow toppled trees and branches onto power lines during the storm. Power won’t be fully restored for some customers in hard-hit areas until Wednesday night, the utility said.

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