July 13, 2024
Storm kills 2, knocks out energy to greater than 400,000 in Maine

Two males have been killed by falling bushes Monday afternoon as a storm ripped by the state, downing dozens of bushes and leaving greater than half of Central Maine Energy prospects with out electrical energy.

Troy Olson, 40, was on the roof of his Windham residence round midday making an attempt to clear off a part of a downed pine tree when a second piece of particles fell and killed him immediately, police mentioned.

A Fairfield man, whose identify has not but been launched, was killed when a fallen tree he was trying to clear with a tractor struck him at round 3:30 p.m., police mentioned.

The highly effective storm introduced heavy rain and excessive winds to a lot of the state, shutting down roads, faculties and companies. Gov. Janet Mills introduced Monday night that state places of work would remained closed till midday on Tuesday as crews work to clear roads closed resulting from flooding and the downed bushes.

“I strongly urge all Maine folks to remain off the roads if doable,” Mills mentioned in a press release. “For those who should journey, please train warning and make sure to present loads of room for emergency first responders and for crews which are restoring energy and clearing roadways. We are going to proceed to intently monitor the impression of the storm in a single day, and we urge people to remain vigilant and secure.”

Although forecasters mentioned winds and rain had begun to sluggish in most elements of the state by Monday night, a whole lot of hundreds of Mainers might have to attend for energy. CMP spokesman Jon Breed mentioned it isn’t doable to precisely predict restoration timelines and that outages may final days for some prospects as a result of restore crews can’t go up in buckets till wind speeds drop beneath 30 mph.

Gusts in Portland continued to blow between 30 and 40 mph as of 6:30 p.m, in accordance with Mike Cempa of the Nationwide Climate Service.

Monday’s excessive temperature of 59 levels in Portland was the very best ever recorded within the metropolis on Dec. 18, Cempa mentioned. The nice and cozy temperatures helped form the storm – not solely did the heat imply Maine noticed rainfall as an alternative of snow, however it could have elevated the quantity of precipitation as a result of heat air can maintain extra water vapor than chilly air.

CMP reported greater than 325,000 prospects with out energy as of 6 a.m., together with greater than 56,000 in Cumberland County, 67,000 in Kennebec County and greater than 38,000 in York County.

Versant Energy, which serves northern and japanese Maine, reported greater than 91,000 prospects impacted by outages as of 6 a.m., a quantity that steadily elevated Monday because the storm moved throughout the state.

“I feel it’s secure to say this can be a multiday restoration effort primarily based on the severity of this,” Breed mentioned in a telephone interview. “There may be loads of particles on the market already.”

He in contrast the storm to the one final Christmas that left 300,000 prospects at the hours of darkness for 3 days. CMP is receiving a whole lot of calls about fallen bushes and downed wires and can prioritize restoring energy to probably the most populated areas first, Breed mentioned.

Some prospects have reported receiving incorrect textual content messages from CMP saying that energy was restored when it had not been. Breed mentioned it’s a part of an data expertise downside the utility is resolving.

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He mentioned that due to the excessive winds, a lot of the 380 crews couldn’t go up in buckets Monday to reattach downed traces so that they spent the day clearing particles, trimming limbs and assessing the injury.

Breed mentioned CMP is getting assist from exterior Maine, together with from different Avangrid firms (of which CMP is a subsidiary) and lots of others will come from different Northeastern states not affected by the storm.

When full restoration work begins, the corporate can have as many as 525 line employee crews readily available, together with 425 from out of state. A crew consists of two line employees and a truck. As well as, tree chopping crews – from as distant as Ohio – will probably be boosted to 350 from 200 by Tuesday morning.

The Nationwide Climate Service in Grey reported that wind gusts reached 60 mph Monday morning, particularly alongside the coast. Winds slowed all through the day, however gusts may proceed to high 30 mph by the night time, slowing efforts to restore downed traces.

The Portland Worldwide Jetport obtained simply over 2 inches of rain as of 6 p.m., a few hours earlier than the storm was projected to go away the town, Cempa mentioned.


Inland Maine and New Hampshire have been hit a lot more durable – New Gloucester reported over 5.3 inches of rain, and as of Monday night the mountains of western Maine continued to see widespread street closures resulting from flooding and downed bushes, whilst experiences of closures in a lot of the state started to decrease.

A strong storm knocked a number of bushes down in Augusta’s Capitol Park on Monday. Greater than 23,000 have been with out energy in central Maine by midmorning. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

“It’s dangerous up there,” mentioned Cempa, the climate service meteorologist. “We heard that every one the roads into Sunday River have been flooded and shut down.”

The ski resort will stay closed Tuesday as employees assess injury attributable to 5 inches of rain, its web site mentioned.

Vanessa Corson, spokesperson for the Maine Emergency Administration Company, mentioned state officers are in common contact with the county EMAs, the state’s main utilities, Maine DOT and different state companions.

“We urge anybody touring to stick to the precautions issued by Maine DOT about hydroplaning; decelerate, keep away from puddles, preserve distance between the car in entrance of you, and keep centered in your lane,” she mentioned.

In line with social media posts shared by the Maine State Police, excessive winds blew the roof off a tractor trailer touring northbound on I-95 close to Clinton on Monday afternoon. A spokeswoman for the division mentioned there have been comparatively few freeway accidents throughout the storm, apparently as a result of most drivers have traveled at low speeds.

Mills introduced that every one state places of work would shut at 1 p.m.

“With the storm anticipated to develop stronger within the coming hours, I encourage all Maine folks to be secure and vigilant and to train warning when touring, Mills mentioned in a press release.

In Augusta, the wind twisted the scaffolding off the Burton M. Cross state workplace constructing on Sewall Avenue.

Stacey Morrison, chief govt officer of Ganneston Development, mentioned nobody was injured. The corporate is within the strategy of growing a demolition plan to carry down the scaffolding safely.

Some faculties ready to dismiss college students early as a result of their buildings misplaced energy, together with Mildred L. Day Elementary in Arundel and all faculties in Brunswick.

Almost 3,000 cruise ship passengers who had been set to sail to the Bahamas will as an alternative go to Portland this Wednesday as a result of storm, in accordance with a Portland metropolis spokesperson. The MSC Meraviglia will make its uncommon offseason cease on its strategy to New Brunswick after the cruise line determined this week it was unsafe to sail south straight into the storm.

Greater than 5 inches of rain had fallen in elements of New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania by midmorning, and elements in a number of different states obtained greater than 4 inches, in accordance with the Nationwide Climate Service. Wind gusts reached practically 70 mph alongside the southern New England shoreline.

Energy was knocked out for greater than 600,000 prospects in an space stretching from Virginia north by New England.

The climate service issued flood and flash flood warnings for New York Metropolis and the encircling space, elements of Pennsylvania, upstate New York, western Connecticut, western Massachusetts, and elements of New Hampshire and Maine.

Timber and energy traces fell in lots of areas, together with some that landed on houses and vehicles. Within the coastal city of Guilford, Connecticut, about 30 miles south of Hartford, a tree fell on a police cruiser however the officer escaped harm, officers mentioned. Sure roads all through the area have been closed resulting from flooding or downed bushes.


Many flights have been canceled or delayed throughout the area, together with on the Portland Worldwide Jetport. Boston’s Logan Worldwide Airport grounded all flights Monday morning due to the poor circumstances, resulting in greater than 100 canceled flights and about 375 delays, in accordance with the flight-tracking service FlightAware. At New York Metropolis space airports, practically 80 flights have been canceled and greater than 90 have been delayed.

Some faculties within the Northeast closed or delayed their openings, and commuter rail methods have been reporting weather-related delays.

In South Carolina on Sunday, the tide in Charleston Harbor reached 9.86 toes simply earlier than midday, which was the fourth-highest studying ever.

Monday’s rain and wind got here every week after a storm brought about flooding and energy outages within the Northeast after spawning lethal tornadoes in Tennessee.

A fallen tree blocks Woodman Hill Highway in Minot on Monday throughout a robust rain and wind storm. A Maine DOT truck blocks site visitors. Andree Kehn/Solar Journal

The newest Nationwide Local weather Evaluation exhibits that Maine continues to see rising precipitation resulting from local weather change. The variety of excessive rain and snow occasions has elevated 62% within the Northeast, the most important improve within the nation.

“There’s something to be mentioned concerning the frequency of occasions like this sooner or later,” Palmer mentioned. “Analysis does present that these heat, heavy rain occasions may occur extra usually in winter.”


Workers Author Stephen Singer contributed to this report. 

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