Tropical Storm Lee – Power Outage Update Monday – 4 p.m.
Monday 4 p.m. UPDATE - There were still 886 Versant Power customers without power as of 4 p.m. on Monday, September 18th.
The breakdown by county was
- Aroostook -1
- Hancock - 290
- Penobscot - 63
- Piscataquis - 2
- Waldo - 0
- Washington - 530
Versant expected that customers in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties would have their power restored by 10 p.m. on Monday, September 18th. Customers in Hancock and Washington Counties are expected to be restored by the end of day Tuesday.
Sunday 6:30 p.m UPDATE - Versant crews have made substantial progress in restoring power to those affected by Tropical Storm Lee. As of 6:30 p.m. there were 3,802 customers without power.
More importantly Versant released a list of streets and towns that should not expect to have power back until Monday, at the earliest.
You can see that list HERE
10:45 a.m. UPDATE - There were 14,117 Versant Power customers without power.
The breakdown per county was
- Aroostook - 6
- Hancock - 4,675
- Penobscot - 885
- Piscataquis - 885
- Waldo - 19
- Washington 3,705
According to Versant Power Line and Tree Crews are out in full force today making repairs. They expect that 90 percent of customers affected by Tropical Storm Lee will have power restored by midnight tonight.
7 a.m. UPDATE - There were 17,411 Versant Customers without power. Versant advises that there will be a full complement of line and tree crews are out today making repairs following yesterday’s storm
8:45 p.m. UPDATE - There were were 19, 491 Versant Power customers still without power . The breakdown of those without power were
- Aroostook County - 80
- Hancock County - 6748
- Penobscot County - 8737
- Piscataquis County - 1116
- Waldo County - 19
- Washington County - 2791
Versant Power advises that customers who do not have power back on by 10 p.m. Saturday night, should expect to be without power overnight. Crews will be working through the night making repairs and assessing damage.
There were over 34,000 Versant Power customers without power as of 12 Noon on Saturday, September 16th with the majority in Hancock County
On the Versant Power website they advised
Due to high winds, crews are unable to go into buckets to perform work along the coast. They will perform groundwork and assess damage until winds blow under 35mph and it is safe to go up in a bucket. Public safety issues, such as downed lines, will be the first priority, and then electrical circuits that will bring the largest numbers of customers on first. More specific restoration times will be made available once damage is assessed.
Given the forecast for high winds through most of the afternoon and evening I wouldn't expect them to begin significant repairs until Sunday morning. But the forecast for Sunday is conducive to repairs!
Remember to never touch a downed power line or tree in contact with a downed line. Be sure to give power line workers plenty of room when they get into the field.
DO NOT Report power outages by calling 9-1-1. The Dispatchers are busy dealing with emergency calls! You can call the Versant Customer Contact Center by calling 207-93-2000.