PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage has declared a statewide emergency to allow state, county and local governments to better respond to approaching Hurricane Irene. And Maine's largest electric utility is already calling on Canadian utility crews to assist, even before Irene's arrival.
LePage issued his proclamation Friday afternoon after meeting with senior advisers and officials from the Maine Emergency Management to discuss the impending storm.
National Weather Service forecaster John Jensenius says there's a possibility of hurricane-force winds, meaning 74 mph or more, and 20- to 25-foot seas offshore when the storm arrives late Sunday in Maine.
Central Maine Power says 60 contract crews from Canada will bring the number of line crews to 200, in addition to 150 tree-cutting crews loaned to the utility from within Maine.