Tuesday night governor John Baldacci signed an emergency declaration allowing crews from out of state to come in to Maine and help restore power.
The declaration was signed at 9:35 Tuesday night, at that time, approximately 40,000 Maine homes were in the dark.
The most recent report from Bangor Hydro has power out to nearly 13,000 as of 1pmWednesday afternoon.
Central Maine Power has nearly 30,000 homes without electricity as of 4am Wednesday.
Of those numbers 13,000 homes in Rockland are without power, and a little more than 10,000 in Brunswick have been affected.
Penobscot County dispatchers tells us that power is shut down to all of Old Town.
The order was made to Bangor Hydro after power lines at several buildings, including the Hannaford Brothers grocery store and Irving convenience store started arcing.
We’re told no one was hurt.
Downed trees and flooding on roads is a big concern.
Route 1A in downtown Hampden was closed because of flooding: we’re told fire fighters are on the scene now attempting to clear the water away, and they have managed to partially open the road as of 6am.
Route 1A in Searsport and Northport was closed earlier, but we’re told those roads have re-opened early Wednesday. And in Somerset County, part of Route 27 in New Portland is closed due to flooding.
For folks trying to head onto MDIWednesday morning, Route 3 is closed as of 6am, travellers headed to Bar Harbor are being asked to take Route 102 to the Crooked Road to reach the town. Bangor Hydro crews are on scene, and hope to have the road re-openned later Wednesday morning.