With damaging wind gusts causing hundreds of thousands of power outages throughout the state Monday, Gov. Paul LePage declared a state of emergency, allowing utility crews to work longer hours to repair downed lines.

“With the number of Mainers without power reaching the same as those without power during the Ice Storm, we need to make sure power is restored as quickly as possible,” said Governor LePage in a statement Monday. “I urge all Mainers to check on their neighbors and stay safe as they travel around the state.”

Roads in many parts of the state were closed, and traffic light outages made driving difficult for motorists.

The governor urged motorists to use extra caution while driving, particularly when approaching intersections.

Central Maine Power said restoration estimates for specific areas were not available Monday afternoon, and some customers could be without power for several days.

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