PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Utility companies in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are bracing for more power outages as a fast-moving storm is expected to drop heavy wet snow that could wipe out the progress they’ve made.
A week after an ice storm left parts of northern New England in the dark, forecasters are predicting a band of heavy, wet snow that could dump 10 or more inches in the Lewiston and Augusta region.
Bangor Hydro Electric had gotten the number of outages to around 600 Sunday night, but spokeswoman Susan Faloon said it already was snowing in Maine. She said the utility had not released the crews from New Jersey, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and other areas that had helped restore service in the state in case they are needed again.
We’re concerned about this storm we’re getting now,” Faloon said.
She said some customers won’t have power restored until Wednesday. Most are in Hancock County, which she described as “a huge mess.”
Central Maine Power reported that about 1,100 customers were without power at 9 p.m. Sunday.
In New Hampshire, Public Service of New Hampshire had about 5,100 outages and New Hampshire Electric Co-op had 2,550 customers in the dark.
Tom Hawley, meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Gray, Maine, said the New Hampshire seacoast will see mostly rain, with interior Rockingham County expected to get 2-4 inches.
“The lion’s share of the snow will fall in a narrow band from Bangor down through Waterville, Augusta, Lewiston, Gray, and down into Conway and North Conway, Laconia and down into Merrimack County,” Hawley said.
Hawley said Concord, N.H., and southern Vermont could get 4 -6 inches.
“It’s going to be a heavy, sticky, wet snow,” Hawley said. “It could create some more power outages.”
Green Mountain Power spokeswoman Dorothy Schnure said snowfall on trees still caked with ice could prompt a new round of outages in the northwest region of the state. She said people in southeastern Vermont who did not lose power after last week’s storm could be affected as well.
Schnure said Green Mountain Power had restored power to all customers by Christmas Eve, but is now experiencing a new round of outages. There were about 3,370 without power Sunday night.
Vermont Electric Cooperative, which saw outages climb Sunday due to ice on trees and power lines, according to its website, had just a few outages at about 9 p.m.
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