Merry Christmas!! Hopefully today will bring a marked reduction in the number of Mainers still without power. Bangor Hydro Electric Company is reporting a little over 21,000 customers still without power this morning as of 4AM.

For the latest live outage map, click HERE

For the latest list of shelters in place, click HERE

Although the wind chill warning has been lifted for our area, the temperatures are not expected to be out of the teens in the Bangor, Ellsworth, Down East Maine area. Please consider going somewhere to warm up. By now, if you've been without power for a couple of days, the temperature in your house can't be more than 50 degrees!

Here's the latest power outage update

Description of Event: Icing
Estimated Number of Meters Affected: 21138  
Aroostook: 0
Hancock: 10661
Northern Penobscot/Piscataquis County: 0
Penobscot: 7531
Washington: 2946
Restoration Details:

Restoration efforts continued through the night Christmas Eve but progress was slow as temperatures dropped and heavy ice clung to power lines and tree limbs. Today, about 60 additional field workers will join the effort, most of them coming from New Jersey to provide assistance. The outage count hovered around 21,000 overnight and crews faced new outages as they worked to restore existing ones. Very cold temperatures today will prevent the ice from melting and will add to the challenges the crews are facing.

Customers are asked to check in on neighbors to ensure their safety. A list of shelters is located here http://www.maine.gov/mema/mema_masscare.shtml. Customers should not stay in their homes during these extremely cold temperatures.

Again, the public is reminded that fallen power lines aren't safe to come in contact with or even drive over. Please also avoid using generators inside or too close to your home. Be sure they are outside an adaquate distance from hour home.

Other Related Information: Customers may report outages or ask questions by calling our Customer Service Centers at 1-800-440-1111 (Bangor Hydro) and 877-655-4448 (Maine Public Service.)
Estimated Time of Service Restoration: Friday afternoon.
Estimated Time of Next Update: 11:00 a.m.