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Nor’easter leads to power outages and fallen trees Thursday morning

October 18, 2019

Yesterday morning a nor’easter wiped out power on campus and across midcoast Maine. Heavy rain and strong winds began late Wednesday and ramped up over the course of the night, culminating in power outages, downed power lines and street flooding in Brunswick and several surrounding towns. According to the weekly security report issued by the Office of Safety and Security, no injuries were reported.

Roughly 175,000 customers of Central Maine Power (CMP) reported power outages by Thursday morning with an additional 38,000 customers of the Emera Maine electricity company reporting outages in northern Maine, according to The Times Record. CMP’s website was also down for much of Thursday, posing problems for customers checking on the status of outages and creating uncertainty about the exact number of outages in the state.

Power at the College went out at around 4:15 a.m. Thursday morning, affecting multiple areas on campus, particularly buildings on its southern half. The College delayed opening until 10 a.m., though classes were held at the discretion of individual professors. Both dining halls remained in full service throughout the morning.

The Office of Safety and Security reported downed trees near Pine Street Apartments and Watson Drive, causing road blockages on Watson Drive for much of the morning. Beyond these obstructions, Security confirmed severe damages to a student vehicle parked in front of Brunswick Apartments after a large tree branch fell on the car. The Bowdoin College Museum of Art also reported water damage but confirmed that no artwork was affected.

Power was restored to campus at around 11:45 a.m. with the exception of a few buildings, all of which regained power later in the afternoon.


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