PORTLAND (WGME) – Tuesday’s snowstorm is already leading to closings and cancellations, with the state of Maine announcing Monday afternoon that all non-essential state offices will be closed Tuesday.
Heavy, wet snow and powerful winds make the storm the likeliest to cause outages since the major storm right before Christmas that took out power to hundreds of thousands of homes.
A spokesperson for Central Maine Power says they’re getting ready.
He reminds customers the best way to get your power back on as soon as possible is to report the outage through the CMP website.
Also, make sure to charge your phones and other electronics Monday night and early Tuesday.
Make sure to keep things like TVs or appliances unplugged if you have lost power. This will help them from getting damaged by a potential power surge when the power comes back on.
For people who use generators, always have them running outdoors.
CMP officials are offering a word of caution as we head into Tuesday's storm.
“In these cases, we see a lot of fallen trees and we see car accidents as two very common causes for power outages,” Jonathan Breed of Central Maine Power said. “With the strong winds and the wet, sticky snow expected on Tuesday and Wednesday, we would just urge caution. If you leave, be very careful because it will be hazardous.”
CMP says they will have 300 crews pre-staged along coastal Maine, prepared to respond to the initial wave of outages.