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500K Mainers without power as outages surpass Ice Storm of ’98

Nearly half a million Mainers are without electricity Monday, after a storm bringing high winds and heavy rains ravaged the state Sunday night into Monday.

Maine’s two power providers, Central Maine Power and Emera Maine, estimate it could be days before power is fully restored.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, Central Maine Power reported roughly 385,000 customers were without power ― more than 60 percent of the utility’s customer base. Emera Maine reported that more than 89,000 of its customers were without power.

“This is the largest number of outages in the company’s history. It is significantly larger than the 1998 ice storm that people remember so well,” CMP spokeswoman Gail Rice said in a release.

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