Roughly 75 percent of Mainers have power back after Monday’s storm

Utility companies have returned power to about 75 percent of the nearly 500,000 Mainers who lost electricity as a result of Monday’s powerful wind and rain storm.

As of noon Thursday, Central Maine Power reported that about 120,000 customers remained without power, down from a peak of more than 400,000 customers without power on Monday.

Emera Maine had about 24,000 customers without power Thursday morning, down from the nearly 90,000 customers at the peak of outage.

Both companies are projecting that the bulk of power restoration work will be done by late Saturday night. At a press conference Thursday, representatives from CMP and Emera Maine said that while they have been exceeding restoration goals throughout the week, the last areas to be restored are going to be the toughest due to accessibility.

“We’re reducing [the outage number] by 100,000 a day,” CMP President Sarah Burns said, according to a WGME report. “As we get closer to the end, we have the harder and harder work to do. We are on the rural roads. We are working in some very tough circumstances.”

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