Officials for CMP and Emera Maine gave an update yesterday on restoring power to their customers, saying Friday is the goal for 90% of those affected, with the following 10% - who live in very remote areas – on Saturday. That doesn’t mean everyone waits til Friday, but that electricity will be on sometime between now and then to most customers. They said 600 utility crews and 300 tree crews arrived from out of state yesterday to help with the effort. This morning, over 184 thousand Mainers are still without power.

Traffic is being rerouted this morning around a structure fire on North Main Street in Brewer. The fire, near the Irving, at the intersection of North Main and State Streets was reported at around 3:00 this morning. There’s no word on whether anyone was hurt in the fire.

Mainers are asked to refrain from stopping to chat with utility crews as they work to restore power. An official with Central Maine Power said yesterday that, while the workers appreciate the thanks for their work, they are bound by law to STOP working when anyone comes near their worksite, for safety reasons, and so those kind words will only delay getting the power back on.

It was an unusual Halloween, with police in several communities including Bangor, encouraging parents to delay their kids festivities until Friday. But Maple Street in Bangor, which is notorious for wild decorating and celebrations, handed out the candy anyway to anyone brave enough to venture out. Many organizations held trunk or treat events, like Darling’s in Brewer, so kids could still enjoy Halloween without having to walk the dark streets.

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