Utility crews had restored power to almost all of Maine by early Wednesday evening following a loss of electricity from two damaging storms, one Thursday into Friday morning, and the other on Monday.

There were 36,000 Maine customers without power Tuesday morning, and that number was reduced to less than 4,000 as of 11 a.m. Wednesday. By 7 p.m. about 530 customers were still without electricity.

Central Maine Power was reporting just 61 outages in its service area as of 12:30 p.m., with most of those in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. There were virtually no outages being reported in southern Maine.

Emera Maine reported 475 outages in its service area at 7 p.m., mostly in the Bangor region.

Both companies had crews working to complete repairs Wednesday.

Among those working to finish repairs were 45 lineman from Hydro-Quebec. They arrived in Maine on Saturday and will have to quarantine for 14 days when they return to Quebec, the company said.


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