Sandy hits Maine

Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2012 in News

Sandy hits Maine

by Gina Hamilton

BATH -- Maine may have dodged a bullet with regard to Hurricane, now tropical storm Sandy, which blew in into the state Monday night, leaving more than 85,000 in the dark.  According to Central Maine Power, there are still more than 76,000 without power, mostly in Cumberland and York Counties.

Power outages were the worst of the storm for Maine, although one home was severely damaged and evacuation orders were issued in Wells, and in Falmouth, one driver was briefly trapped by power lines which had fallen on a car. 

Bath had the highest shoreside wind speed, of 76 mph.  Power failed in Bath around 7 p.m. and was not restored until morning.  About 300 customers in Bath were still without power at the Central Maine Power morning briefing at 9:55 a.m.  Bangor Hydro was also reporting about 5,500 customers without power.

Transportation systems were also crippled, with flights canceled from the Portland Jetport and Downeaster service suspended.  Bangor International Airport also appears to be closed, although there was no weather message on their telephone system. Most of the cancellations were due to storm damage in other cities, however; the Jetport suffered no structural damage itself, nor did any of the planes that were on the ground at the time.

As of 10:30 a.m., no serious injuries or deaths were reported in Maine because of the storm.

However, the same cannot be said of the storm in other parts of the country.

Sixteen people in the U.S. are confirmed to have died in the storm, and one in Canada, in addition to the 67 people who died in the Caribbean.  Two are missing from the sinking of the Bounty, a ship built for the film, "Mutiny on the Bounty", but which was later used in other films.  The ship sank off the coast of North Carolina in heavy seas on Monday as it was being moved to its winter home.  Most of the crew was rescued.

The toll may rise as an isolated section of New Jersey is being evacuated by helicopter on Tuesday.

Sandy made landfall in New Jersey and strongly affected major U.S. cities such as New York and Philadelphia.  Damage is still being assessed, but is thought to be between $20-30 billion. More than 15,000 flights were cancelled, train service was suspended, and New York's transit system was closed.

More than seven million customers are still without power, and some hospitals without power had to evacuate patients across the affected area.

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