(NEWS CENTER) -- A major winter storm has hit the state of Maine. Mixed precipitation has caused major power outages. In York County, twenty-six of twenty-nine communities were without electricity. More than 200,000 Mainers were without power as of eleven o'clock this morning.
Ice forming on road surfaces strained the transportation system. Public works departments were working at maximum effort. Several main roads were down to a single lane. Many communities reported downed trees or downed limbs. The Downeaster, a commuter train from Portland to Boston, was unable to complete its run. According to a rider, it was stopped on the tracks just south of Portland and was awaiting permission to turn around.
Ice was an extreme hazard in a wide strip parallelling the coast. In the western mountains, six to twelve inches of snow was being reported. Meteorologist Kelly LeBrecque forcasted the storm to end in southern Maine this morning and work its way out of northern Maine by day's end. The mountains and northern Maine will have lingering precipitation into the night. Increasing winds could cause problems in ice-covered regions, especially Down East.
For Kelly's forcast and a complete list of cancellations, please check out the weather pages on this website.