ELLSWORTH — Hurricane Irene, which was downgraded to a tropical storm before reaching Maine Sunday, downed trees and knocked out power to tens of thousands of Mainers.
Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. early Monday morning reported 28,113 outages due to strong winds and rain. In Hancock County, 9,031 customers were without power as of 4 a.m.
Central Maine Power Co. (CMP) reported 183,000 customers, including 896 in Hancock County, were without power as of 9 a.m. Monday.
CMP estimates that more than 275,000 customers were affected by the storm as it passed along the western edge of the company’s service area Sunday.
Extra lineworkers and tree crews from Maine and Canada joined the repair effort Monday morning. CMP is advising customers that the restoration work is likely to take several days or more.
Ellsworth City Manager Michelle Beal said the storm toppled numerous trees, but the city managed to escape any flooding.
“We had more wind then we did rain,” Beal said.
She noted that several businesses in town were without power Monday morning.