AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage is flying by helicopter to Carrabassett Valley and Rumford this morning to view storm damage and speak with affected residents, according to his office.

He spent the first part of the morning at the Emergency Operations Center in Augusta getting briefed  about damage and potential further safety and economic issues due to Tropical Storm Irene.

LePage was scheduled to leave Augusta at about 9 a.m. and fly to the Carrabassett Valley area where two Route 27 bridges remain closed indefinitely due to the storm. Local, county and state officials are working on providing access to the Sugarloaf area.

LePage also intends to fly to Rumford where roads are closed due to major flooding.

As of 6 a.m. there were reports of approximately 170,347 Central Maine Power meter outages and 28,113 Bangor Hydro outages, according to the Governor’s Office.

LePage urged residents to avoid unnecessary travel and to check for road closures before heading out this morning.