As the power outages continue to increase, the Maine Emergency Management Agency is urging Mainers to be extremely careful when using gas-powered generators or similar alternative heating or power sources.Improper operation or placement of the devices can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.They recommend folks place generators outdoors in a well ventilated location and make sure it’s at least fifteen feet away from home windows or doors.Other safety tips can be found on the Maine CDC website.Warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are flu-like symptoms.If you suspect anyone in your household is being poisoned, leave the home immediately and call 9-1-1.
Even though the American Folk Festival was forced to cancel its third day, volunteers were still hard at work on the Bangor waterfront, Sunday.They’re working to clean up the site before the worst of the storm hits Sunday night.About a dozen volunteers spent the afternoon breaking down tents and loading up trucks.Assistant Technical Director, Jack Kearns, says volunteers are used to cleaning up at every festival, but because of the weather this year, the work has been particularly challenging.
Boat owners all along the coast were forewarned in the last few days to check on their vessels and make sure they were secure.A lot of boat owners decided to pull their boats out of the water.These are photos sent to us from Kim Perry in Milbridge.As Kim tells us, and as you can see from the photos, the marina there looks like a boat yard.As of Sunday morning, there were only three boats left in the water.
A Pittsfield man is in critical condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center following an accident in Palmyra early Saturday morning.Authorities say 21-year-old Dennis Moody was traveling on the Warren Hill Road when he went off the road on a corner and hit some trees.
The rain in Bangor has been sporadic and roads have been farily quiet.This is video from the intersection of Odlin Road and Hammond Street in Bangor, as area that typically floods when we get a lot of rain.There isn’t much traffic in the area, but it’s important to remember to be cautious when you’re driving.Make sure you give yourself enough time to stop at intersections and drive slowly if you see any emergency responders working in the area.The folks at Bangor public works tell us the only problem reporting so far is a downed tree at the intersection of Hancock and Birch streets.They’re also keeping a close eye on the pump station where the Kenduskeag Stream flows into the Penobscot river.That is usually a problem area when we get a lot of rain.
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.