October 30, 2012

At least 88,000 without power as Maine officials assess storm damage

Flights from the Portland Jetport were still canceled this morning and the Amtrak Downeaster canceled all trains for the day.

By Staff Writers Dennis Hoey, David Hench, Tom Bell, Gillian Graham and Jessica Hall.

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Mountain Road in Falmouth was blocked to traffic starting at about 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning when a tree fell onto the road, bringing down a power line in the process. David and Laurie Janes say they heard the crash while in bed in their Falmouth home.

Gordon Chibroski / Staff Photographer

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Diane Visch of Scarborough heads back home Tuesday morning, after checking out the heavy surf at Higgins Beach kicked up by Hurricane Sandy.

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STORM AT A GLANCE

Power outages: As of 10:15 a.m., outages in Maine totaled 88,581, including 84,978 Central Maine Power customers and 3,603 Bangor Hydro Electric Co. customers.

Evacuations: There are no mandatory evacuation orders. But the town of Wells encouraged people in coastal and low-lying areas to leave their homes and businesses.

People in shelters: At least one shelter was open in Buxton. A shelter was to open in Bridgton at 8 a.m.

Injuries/deaths: None.

Top wind speed: The top recorded wind speed in Maine during the storm was 76 mph in Bath, according to the National Weather Service in Gray

Other top wind speeds:

Portland International Jetport: 63 mph.
Kennebunk: 62 mph.
Matinicus Rock: 58 mph.
Portland Harbor Weather Buoy: 54 mph.
Rockland: 49 mph.
Lewiston: 46 mph.
Augusta: 44 mph.
Rangeley, 44 mph.

Rainfall: The coastal plain in Maine received 1.5 to 2 inches of rain. As much as 3 inches fell in the mountains.

Today's forecast: For today, wind speeds will be between 10 and 20 mph with gusts of up to 25 mph, the weather service said. There will be heavy showers, off and on, all day, with the heaviest rain falling in the mountains.

RESOURCES

To check flight cancellations at the Jetport: http://www.portlandjetport.org/

Red Cross: (877) 372-7363

FEMA: (800) 621-3362

Maine Emergency Management: (207) 624-4400

Central Maine Power (outages): (800) 696-1000

 

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Portland schools let students leave an hour earlier than usual. There was no word late Monday night on whether students would return to classes Tuesday.

The University of Southern Maine, the University of New England, Southern Maine Community College and Saint Joseph's College all canceled classes and activities for Monday afternoon and evening.

Robert Caswell, spokesman for USM, said the decision on when classes resume would have to be made Tuesday morning.

At the Freeport Irving station Monday morning, Leslie Shea filled gas jugs to fuel her generator. "All my kids are excited about not having school," she said.

Shea said her home on Desert Road loses power routinely in storms, and the family was without power for more than two weeks after the ice storm of 1998. "That's why we got the generator," Shea said.

Kate Beatty eyed the generators at Ace Hardware in Yarmouth.

"We've been meaning to get one anyway. No time like the present," Beatty said. "Hopefully, we won't need it. Hopefully, we can return it unused."

Jennifer Favreau, manager of Lowe's on Brighton Avenue in Portland, said the store had been busy with people looking for flashlights, batteries, tarps and water. The store was sold out of generators and Favreau did not know when more would be in stock.

POLITICAL EVENTS CANCELED

Sandy even disrupted political campaigns in Maine, eight days before Election Day.

The Maine Democratic Party canceled campaign work and events for Monday evening. The party's campaign office in York lost power in the afternoon, and party leaders decided to cancel get-out-the-vote events around the state so volunteers would not have to travel to central phone banks, said spokeswoman Lizzy Reinholt.

WCSH-TV went ahead with its U.S. Senate candidates debate at 7 p.m. as scheduled. WMTW, however, postponed its televised debate scheduled for Tuesday evening. It will be held Friday.

Staff writers David Hench, Gillian Graham and Jessica Hall contributed to this report.

Staff Writer Dennis Hoey can be contacted at 791-6365 or at:

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Gerard LeBlanc and Steve Graffam check out the damage from a fallen tree that knocked down a power pole and lines on Methodist Road in Westbrook. The power was off before the tree fell, according to LeBlanc, owner of the tree which continues to block the road.

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A downed tree and power line on Methodist Road in Westbrook.

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Stephen Graffam, who lives on Methodist Road in Westbrook, checks out a tree that fell about 3 a.m. and blocked the road. He said two young men who wanted to get to work pulled out two chainsaws and cut it up about 5 a.m.

Gordon Chibroski / Staff Photographer

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Waves crash into the coastline near Short Sand Beach in York on Monday.

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Michael Wirtz, of Wilmington, Del., braves flood waters and high winds that arrive with Hurricane Sandy along North Michigan Avenue in Atlantic City, N.J., on Monday. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing for higher ground, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain.

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A wave comes over a sea wall in Saco near houses on Eagle Avenue during high tide on Monday. The surge from Hurricane Sandy caused some beach erosion in Saco and there was minor flooding in Camp Ellis.

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Caleb Lavoie, 17, of Dayton, Maine, front, and Curtis Huard, 16, of Arundel, Maine, leap out of the way as a large wave crashes over a seawall on the Atlantic Ocean during the early stages of Hurricane Sandy on Monday.

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Waves crash over a sea wall along Long Beach Avenue in York on Monday as a result of weather conditions from Hurricane Sandy.

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Thomas Beecher, 13, of York is held up by the wind at Short Sands Beach, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, as the area began to see effects of Hurricane Sandy.

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Hilda Anderson of Springvale had enough of Hurricane Sandy and headed back to her car after watching the storm crash onto East End Beach on Monday.

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Laura Gough of Cape Elizabeth shields herself with an umbrella as she walks to work on Commercial Street Monday morning, October 29, 2012.

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At the end of Fairhaven Avenue in Saco on Monday, October 29, 2012, a payloader builds up a dirt berm to protect the street from erosion expected to happen because of the storm surge hitting the coast from hurricane Sandy.

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Canadian utility crews called in to help with storm recovery if needed included electrical lineman Dave Leavitt, left, shown arriving Sunday at the Hampton Inn in Augusta.

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Hallowell firefighters Rick Seymour, left, and Roy Girard fuel up a generator Sunday at the town fire station. The volunteer company was testing emergency equipment and preparing the station for the arrival of storm Sandy, which may disrupt power and cause flooding.

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Michael and Kristin Guibord from Portland grab a fence and their two boys Orion 8 and Jonah 6 as they brace against the wind to view Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth on Mon. Oct. 29, 2012.

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