Freezing rain, dense fog to clear, but temps plunge
PORTLAND, Maine —The ice storm that slammed northern Vermont over the weekend is winding down – now the cleanup begins as one of the state’s largest utilities said power could be out beyond Christmas.
In Maine, tens of thousands of electric customers remain without power as the ice storm continues to put the state in a deep freeze.
Central Maine Power Co. reported nearly 29,000 people without power, a dramatic jump from the 500 outages reported Monday morning.
Bangor Hydro reported more than 14,000 customers without power early Monday afternoon. That’s double the number from Monday morning.
Hancock and Washington counties are the hardest hit. The utility is blaming icing on power lines and tree limbs, but is diverting crews from less affected areas to get the power back on as soon as possible
Officials in Vermont are asking people who do not need to drive to stay inside. They are also asking neighbors to check on each other.
Airports in Burlington and Plattsburgh are open following closures Sunday.