Some Maine towns in dark as election approaches

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Posted: Nov 03, 2014 12:47 PM
Some Maine towns in dark as election approaches

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Thousands of Maine voters — and possibly some polling places — are expected to be in the dark after a powerful storm knocked out electricity for more than 100,000 homes and businesses.

A storm Sunday lashed the state with 50 mph gusts of wind and dumped more than a foot of snow in places.

A Central Maine Power spokesman says there are no assurances that all polling places will have electricity on Election Day.

John Myers, president of the Maine Town and City Clerk's Association, says clerks stand ready to improvise. He says generators or portable heaters will be brought in if necessary.

Unofficial observations reported to the National Weather Service indicate the town of Cary got the most snow, 21 inches. Orrington got 17 inches and Bangor got more than a foot.