Hundreds of utility crews in Maine as power outages continue

Lineman Holds Stop Sign in Maine
Canadian lineman Noah Clowater holds a bilingual stop sign Wednesday while directing traffic while his coworkers restore power in Yarmouth, Maine. –Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hundreds of out-of-state utility crews are in Maine to help the state recover from a strong storm that pounded the Northeast and left about 1.5 million homes and businesses without power.

Maine was one of the hardest hit states with nearly 500,000 customers in the dark at one point on Monday.

Utility companies in the state reported that the number of outages was down to about 200,000 on Wednesday night. But some schools and public services remained closed.

The storm also disrupted train service from Brunswick, Maine, to Boston.

Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo ordered a review of that state’s main utility in response to the storm as thousands remained without power there.

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November 13, 2017 | 12:53 PM