Acadia National Park

April 17, 2011 by staff 

Acadia National Park, Storm passed and the wind died down in Maine, utility companies said they were moving to restore power to more than 20,000 customers who lost service earlier in the day.

Central Maine Power Co. said about 3,600 customers were still without power at 5 pm, a maximum of 15,000 out of service at 10 am Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. reported at 3:58 pm that 944 customers were without power, down from about 13,000 outages reported before noon.

High tides hit the coast of Down This Sunday, forcing the closure of several areas in Acadia National Park and flooding low-lying areas in several communities.

Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, Schoodic Loop Road and Sea Wall Road were all closed at around 9:30 am with a reading higher than normal tide approached. Acadia Park Ranger Jennifer Webber said: “We are closing several areas due to problems with high tide.” She said some of the closures were temporary until the tide went down, but 13 Blackwood’s campground campers were asked to leave because of the height of the water. High tide peaked at 10:45 am

“When it reopened, the 13 campers were lined up waiting to get back,” Webber said at 3 pm In the afternoon, only the stairs to Thunder Hole and Otter Creek near the door remained closed. “Basically we have some low trees and some small rocks thrown in the road,” he said.

Meanwhile, emergency crews deal with broken branches, trees on roads and downed power lines in Hancck and Washington counties. Trees were reported in Bar Harbor, Bucksport, Machias, Southwest Harbor and Tremont. “It seems to be worse along the coast,” said a dispatcher for the Sheriff’s Office Hancck County.

Bangor Hydro also reported trees in the counties it serves in central and eastern Maine and told its customers that any free service at 9 pm should expect to be without power overnight. CMP expects to restore power to all customers by midnight.

In Machias, sea water back up into the stormwater system of the city at high tide, flooding the Court Street office in the city, and the water flowed freely USA Route 1 in the dike. The parking area at the launch of the city public boat through river also flooded.

In Roque Bluffs State Park, surf hit the beach, reaching as high as the wild rose ceiling and throwing rocks through a section of the park known as Sandy Jan.

“This is unbelievable,” said Tim Jordan of Roque Bluffs, watching the strike of the beach at high tide. Wind whipped his clothes and choppy water face. “May the wind should be 45 knots [51 mph] at least,” cried the wind.

The National Weather Service said wind gusts of 25 mph could wait until early afternoon.

Heavy rains caused a rapid rise in river levels, but forecasters said the high waters are expected to disappear at night.

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