CMP Outages Over 386,000

As of 5:15pm, Central Maine Power is reporting over 386,000 power outages in their service area. This number is slightly down from earlier when outages topped 400,000. Central Maine Power says they are focusing their efforts on de-energizing downed lines and restoring power to critical facilities such as hospitals before full restoration begins. Governor Lepage has declared a state of emergency for Maine as a result of the storm.


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    • Ron Eaton on October 30, 2017 at 7:44 pm
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    We have no power on Springbrook Drive in Hermon, Maine.

    • Daniel LaRochelle on October 31, 2017 at 8:58 pm
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    No power here in Groveville Buxton Maine, seen 8 of your trucks here all day but still No Power to turn on at the pole by Buxton mini Mart, ? What’s up with that. When r we going to get power turned on .?
    Will it be Wensday is what I’ve heard.

    1. Patience is a virtue in a situation such as the storm we’ve just encountered. Considering that there was significantly more outages and damage than the ice storm of 1998, I would expect the utility crews would take more than a couple days to restore power to everybody.
      Currently from what I’ve seen, the crews are working 24 hours a day to get power restored, and they also need to work safely. Restoring power to over 400,000 homes and businesses isn’t as simple as just plugging a wire back in or flipping a switch. Hundreds of broken utility poles must be replaced and thousands of miles of wire must be repaired, all while cutting away fallen trees and making sure nobody gets killed.

      Also, please keep in mind, York County ARES is not the power company, if you have specific concerns you should reach out to them directly. Their number is on your electric service bill.

      This is a good resource for explaining why power outages sometimes take a long time to get restored. (from

      With our Emergency Service Restoration Plan, our crews are able to repair downed lines and restore power to customers within the shortest time possible. While restoring everyone’s power is important, getting critical facilities back on line at places like hospitals and shelters is a priority.

      Here’s a look at how power is restored:

      Our crews are dispatched to restore power where it is critical to protect life and keep the community safe: hospitals, nursing homes, media outlets, police and fire stations.
      Electricity gets to homes from a series of substations that serve as relay points as power travels to communities throughout the region. One of our very first priorities is repairing damage to those substations so electricity will flow to the distribution and branch lines beyond.
      Distribution and branch lines carry electricity to your neighborhood on its way to your home. We restore distribution lines called “primary feeders” first, because they serve many neighborhoods. Then we repair and restore power to branch lines that extend from those primary feeders.
      Sometimes restoring service to substations and transmission lines — including primary feeders and branch lines — is just the beginning.
      Breaks also may occur in your neighborhood where many single lines supply individual homes. Our crews assess damage to entire neighborhoods by driving down individual streets to identify these single line problems. Then they return to the exact location of damage after distribution and branch lines are back in service.

        • Daniel LaRochelle on November 3, 2017 at 11:20 am
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        No power on Turkey. Ln in buxton. Due to a pole when.will we have power ?

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