BUXTON — Utility crews are working to restore electricity across Maine a day after Tropical Storm Irene knocked power out to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses.

As of late this afternoon, Central Maine Power Co. still had 137,000 customers without power, about half the 280,000 who lost power at some point during Sunday’s storm. CMP says it could be several days before power is totally restored.

Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. still had more than 12,000 customers in the dark.

Gov. Paul LePage surveyed damages from the storm by helicopter today as road and utility crews cleared debris and made repairs and homeowners made do while waiting for the power to return.