Over 12,000 Maine households started their Thursday morning with no power, cold temperatures, and a threat of 50 mph winds later in the day.

Frigid Wind Chills Will Make Maine Power Outages Dangerous

A Spring storm is blanketing the state in swirling snow and many Maine residents couldn't even make a cup of coffee before making the drive into work, unless they have a generator. Early morning temperatures are in the 20's, but with winds expected to gust up to 50 miles per hour this afternoon, the wind chills are going to make it feel much colder. That will be dangerous for anyone without power who doesn't have a generator.

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If you are using a generator, make sure it's hooked up by factory specifications and placed in an open, outdoor area. The generator should be placed away from structures to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. More safety tips can be found on the Maine Emergency Management Agency's website. 

Thousands of Maine Residents are Currently Without Electricity

As of 6:00 Thursday morning, over 12,000 Maine households were without electricity. Central Maine Power was reporting 10,832 households without power, while Versant Power had 2,020. Those numbers will likely increase as the day goes on and the winds pick up.

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Outages can be reported either online or by phone to both utility companies.

If you're experiencing a medical emergency or a fire, call 911. Never assume that your neighbor has reported your outage. If your power goes out, contact your utility company to make sure they know.

Keep Others Safe By Checking On Maine Residents Who Are Elderly or Shut-Ins

Schools across the state are closed today and many businesses and services are also not operating today. Find a list of closing and cancellations here.

Today is a day to check on your elderly and shut-in neighbors, to make sure they have everything they need. If you can, stop by their home and step inside to make sure they're warm. Ask if they need water, food, medication, anything that will make them comfortable and keep them safe.

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