Release Date: 11-01-2014The first major winter storm of the season has prompted Emera Maine’s Storm Response Team to mobilize in an effort to ensure any power outages can be addressed as quickly as possible. The team has been keeping an eye on weather forecasts for the past 72 hours and is readying trucks, stock and snow gear as well as crews for the possibility of power outages.“Being so early in the season, many trees still have their leaves, which is a concern,” said Lisa Martin, Manager of Line & Meter Operations. “Some areas of our service territory are expecting upwards of a foot of heavy, wet snow which can weigh on trees and tree limbs causing them to bend and possibly fall onto power lines.”It appears Hancock, Washington and Penobscot counties are expected to be hardest hit, but snowfall amounts from 6” to 14” are anticipated throughout the entire Emera Maine service area.Customers are reminded to stay clear of fallen power lines and trees near or touching them. Locating account numbers in advance can help speed up the reporting process. Anyone using alternate heat and power sources is reminded to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.The Storm Response Team will continue to monitor the storm’s track and modify staffing plans as needed.Customers can get the latest outage information and view our live outage map at emeramaine.com. Outages can be reported online or by calling our customer service center at 1-855-EMERA-11 (1-855-363-7211) Local: 207-973-2000.