Acadia National Park is making several preparations in advance of HurricaneIrene.Based on weather forecasts from the National Weather Service, temporary closures of park campgrounds and some roads will take place on Sunday, August 28 into Monday, August 29.The combination of rain and strong winds (30-40 mph sustained with gusts upto 55 mph) could result in downed trees and flooding of low areas.
At Bangor Hydro, it’s all hands on deck.They have been prepping for the storm for the last couple days.Communications officer, Susan Faloon, says they’ve only had scattered outages reported so far.She says while they’re used to bringing in extra staff for maine’s winter months, dealing with this storm is a little different.”What we are dealing with is lots of leaves on the trees that can weigh down on those trees bringing down the power lines, a lot of debris flying around, those are things that we can look at, and so our crews are going to be looking out and making sure that areas they go into are safe.”Bangor Hydro asks that customers who notice lines down near them to call their offices at 973-2020 or call 1-800-440-1111.
Bangor international airport has cancelled all of its flights Sunday.An employee at the airport tells us some flights from Delta did go out Sunday morning, but the airline did cancel all of its afternoon flights.US Airways and Allegiant Air cancelled their flights Sunday morning.For flight information, you can log onto flybangor.com.
Incoming freshmen at Eastern Maine Community College were busy moving in Saturday.Due to the impending weather, the college is also letting returning students move in early.They expect to have close to 300 students in their residence halls Saturday night.One of their dorms has been renovated and is energy efficient.
Folks attending the folk festival Saturday were sure to see the bucket brigade.They go around collecting donations.While the festival is free, the suggested donation is ten dollars.Organizer Jay Martin says he thinks people will kick in extra knowing one day has been eliminated.” They’re going to be out there working their soles off so expect to see a lot of buckets because they’re not going to quit today.”Anyone who makes a donation receives a sticker and if you take that sticker into Governors any day next week you get a free piece of pie.
The American Folk Festival isn’t letting the cancellation of Sunday’s events ruin their time.Executive Director, Heather McCarthy says they are having an amazing day.McCarthy says the acts are getting rave reviews.She says while it was a tough decision, it was the right one.She says even though it’s a day shorter, all the acts will still be taking the stage.” Everybody who was scheduled to come to the festival has gotten on the schedule and some of those folks who only had one set on Saturday, we’ve managed to get them up for 2 performances so people have more opportunities.”The performances wrap up at 10:30 pm and then they will start breaking things down.McCarthy says it’s hard to tell what the financial impact will be.
The Bangor waterfront is about to be buzzing with the sounds of folk music.Among those enjoying the sights and sounds are the artists and crafters who travel from all over to show off their work.That includes a woman from Madison who makes her own jewelry.Rob Poindexter gives us a glimpse.
You’d never guess by looking at the skies, but hurricane irene is slowly making it’s way towards the Pine Tree State, Which has lead to the cancellation of Sunday’s American Folk Festival activities.”We thought it was important to let people know now that the weather forecast for Sunday really doesn’t look festival friendly or public safety friendly.
Police have arrested two people in connection with a break-in to a home in Warren.On Wednesday, police say one guy and two girls entered a home and demanded money.Authorities say the suspects assaulted five people who were home at the time.One of those victims is still in the hospital.Leroy Parker,21, of Union and Bridget Parker, 26, of Tenants Harbor are both charged with armed robbery, elevated aggravated assault, and burglary.The third suspect has been identified and charges are pending.
Officials at the Bangor International Airport want to remind travelers to check ahead on the status of their flights as they prepare for hurricane Irene.Spokesperson Rebecca Hupp says the best thing to do is call your airline directly or check the airport’s website.To prepare for hurricane Irene, the airport is putting aircrafts in hangers and will tie others down if needed.The airport serves as a diversion point for others airports across the country.Hupp says they are prepared for planes to divert to Bangor in case their destinations are not available.To check on the status of your flight, you can log onto flybangor.com.
A man who was shot by Portland police as he tried to flee in a car has pleaded guilty to three charges.Jonathan Mitchell, 30, of Veazie says he still intends to sue Portland police for excessive use of force in the April incident.Mitchell pleaded guilty Monday to being a habitual offender and two other charges.
Bob Ryder, 21, of Lewiston entered a plea of not guilty to a murder charge in the death of Danita Brown, 38, of New Gloucester.Brown was found buried in the basement of Ryders building after she had been missing for several weeks.Ryder was indicted by a grand jury earlier this month on a count of intentional or knowing murder.
Also keeping close eyes on hurricane Ireneâ€™s track are officials on the coast of Bar Harbor.Harbormaster Charlie Phippen says they are hoping by the time Irene makes its way to Maine it will weaken into a tropical storm.Phippen and his crew were busy hauling and refueling their boats Friday.Their biggest worry is the waves the high tide can bring and want to warn visitors and Mainers alike to stay away from the water.Acadia National Park will still be operating until further notice.