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Thousands Still Without Power in Maine in Wake of Storm

PORTLAND, Maine - About 20,000 electric customers are still without power in Maine at this hour, a result of strong winds generated by yesterday's storm.

Emera-Maine officials say some 15,000 homes and business are without service, down from a high of 30,000. Central Maine Power is reporting 5,000 outages.

Emera says customers in the Lincoln/Millinocket areas are expected to have their service returned his evening, but those in the Bangor area, and the Machias area in Washington County, will have to wait until the end of the day tomorrow.

And Emera spokesman Bob Potts says the wait could be even longer for customers living in remote parts of Hancock County.

"Given the fact that the damage is so widespread and there are so many customers out across our service area, Hancock County being the hardest hit, we are looking at some customers in Hancock County probably will not have their service restored until the end of the day on Wednesday," Potts says.

Potts says a winter storm that's expected to hit Tuesday into Wednesday will likely have an impact on restoration efforts and could cause further delays.