St. John Valley

High winds cause more outages in central and northern Aroostook Saturday morning

Crews from Emera Maine are currently working to restore power to hundreds more customers in the central Aroostook and St. John Valley region after more high winds knocked out power Saturday morning.

Although crews worked throughout the night and managed to restore power to nearly all the 1,300 customers who had reported outages on Friday evening, Emera has since received word of hundreds more outages scattered throughout the County, according to spokesperson Judy Long.

The majority of the outages occurred in the unorganized territory T17, R3 where 207 were reported. An additional 194 outages have occurred in Madawaska, 164 in Presque Isle, 71 in Oxbow Plantation and 18 in Grand Isle. Less than 10 outages were reported in Washburn, Masardis, Winterville and Portage, according to Emera’s live outage map.

Long noted that in anticipation of this weekend’s storm Emera has sent out more crew members than normal so that more would be on hand to assist customers during this time. She expects that crews will be working throughout the morning to restore power and urged people not to touch downed trees or lines.

The latest wind advisory from the National Weather Service in Caribou states that northwest winds with gusts of up to 45 miles per hour will continue Saturday morning, which could result in downed trees and power lines. The advisory is in effect until noon this afternoon and includes all areas of Aroostook County.

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