High Winds Cause Damage, Power Outages 

Winds hit close to 70 miles per hour in some places in Maine Thursday. Tens of thousands of people lost power and damage continues to pile up. Fierce winds and rain made things difficult for drivers.” Really started to pick up this morning after about 3am,” said Susan Faloon , spokeswoman for Bangor Hydro Electric Company. Bangor Hydro crews have been trying to get power restored as quickly as possible. ” We do have people out there working to stay on top of it as much as they can,” said Faloon. In Old Town, winds ripped the metal roof off of General Rental Center. ” I came in and found about a 30×30 piece of roof laying in the yard here, up against the telephone pole,” explained Troy Greenleaf, vice president of General Rental Center. Workers got things cleaned up and the business was open as usual. ” Really lucky that nobody was here. The pole stopped it from going in the road, it didn’t break the pole,” said Greenleaf. Wind gusts knocked down trees, power lines, and business signs. By noon Thursday, Bangor Hydro and Central Maine Power had combined outages of more than 50,000 people. ” We have all of the crews we can possibly have on, on. Once we get one area taken care of, we’ll deploy them to other areas,” said Faloon. Getting all of the power back on is a tough job for crews. ” As long as we still have strong winds, we’re gonna continue to see more outages so power could get restored, it could go back out again, that kind of thing,” explained Faloon. Bangor Hydro has all of the crews it can possibly have on working through the stormy weather, but people need to be prepared to be without power until Friday.