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Storm Damage Closes Roads, Knocks Out Power To More Than 100,000 Maine Electric Customers

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Pat Wellenbach
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Associated Press file
A Central Maine Power Co. linesman restores power for residents in Brunswick, Maine on, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011.

The National Weather Service says Monday night’s storm came and went as expected.

“Today the rain is tapering off and the wind is also subsiding. Along the coast, because we still have the onshore wind, we could have some minor splash over and coastal flooding around the time of the late morning high tide,” says weather service Meterologist Eric Schwibs.

Schwibs says the rest of the week should be relatively mild.

“Today’s just really a day with mild temperatures to start and colder weather later today as a cold front swings across the area,” he says. “Compared to what we had yesterday and overnight today will be rather tranquil by comparison.”

The wind left more than one hundred thousand customers of Central Maine Power and Versant — formerly Emera Maine — without power. The high winds and heavy rain in some locations were caused by a low pressure front passing to the west of the state.

Downed trees and power lines are forcing scattered road closures across the state from York County northeastward to Washington County. In other spots, roads have seen reduced travel lanes. You can find more details newengland511.org.