BANGOR, Maine — More than 7,300 people in Penobscot, Hancock and Washington counties are without electricity Monday afternoon because of high winds, according to Emera Maine.
Tree limbs falling on wires knocked out power to traffic lights on Main Street and to homes and businesses in neighboring streets in Bangor, according to a news release issued about noon by Emera Maine.
About 2,500 meters were effected in Bangor on Cedar, Chester, Third, Union and Walter streets until about 1:30 p.m., when power was restored, according to information posted on Emera’s outage map.
Residents and businesses in Hancock County were most affected, with more than 4,600 without power — about 3,500 of them on Mount Desert Island and the Blue Hill peninsula, according to information posted on Emera’s website.
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Another seven customers were reported without power in Jonesboro in Washington County.
Power was expected to be restored in Washington and Hancock counties by about 2:30 p.m. if more outages did not occur.
Central Maine Power reported about 1:40 p.m. that about 700 of its customers were without power in central and southern Maine.
Winds were gusting late Monday morning in northern and Down East Maine at between 30 and 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou. The higher than normal winds were caused by a low pressure system and not related to Hurricane Matthew, which struck the east coast of Florida over the weekend.
The winds were predicted to die down to between 5 and 10 mph around sunset.
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