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Maine dodges a 'weather bomb,' Coast Guard searching for missing clammer

Central Maine Power — which serves 618,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine's customer base. — reported at 9 a.m. that only 291 customers were without power. Emera Maine, which serves 159,000 customers in Hancock, Piscataquis and ...

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The Portland Press Herald reported that Thursday's blizzard created flooding on piers near J's Oyster Bar on the Portland waterfront as well as on Somerset Street near Whole Foods and on Marginal Way near Diamond Street.John Cannon, a senior meteorologist with the NWS office in Gray, told the newspaper that the blizzard and storm surge created the third-highest tide in Portland in more than 100 years, with Thursday's high tide of 13.79 feet falling just below the record of 14.17 feet reported in the Blizzard of 1978.The Press Herald also reported the Hurricane Restaurant in Dock Square in Kennebunkport was flooded early Thursday afternoon and that Port Clyde's commercial fishing pier was impacted by severe flooding.The Lewiston Sun Journal reported that the Amtrak Downeaster canceled trains 685 and 688 on Thursday but all other trains were scheduled to operate Thursday, although Amtrak officials warned travelers to expect delaysConcord Coach Lines canceled all bus service Thursday from Maine, New Hampshire, Boston and New York, the newspaper added, while Greyhound canceled service in Maine from midnight Thursday through 8 a.mFriday, the newspaper reported.Delayed openings A crew from HarriSons Earthworks of Freeport clears snow away from Depot Street in downtown Freeport Friday morning. Many businesses, services and government officers that were closed Thursday or shortened their hours opened as expected Friday, or delayed opening by an hour or two, according to media closure lists.Katahdin Trust Company branches were opening at noon Friday, and Acadia Federal Credit Union, Cumberland County FCU, Evergreen FCU and other banks and credit unions reported that they would have a two-hour later opening than normal.Many of the state's school districts reported one or two-hour delays, but some schools, particularly in coastal areas were closed, including the University of Maine in Augusta and Farmington, University College programs in the Mid Coast and western Maine, Portland schools, Cheverus High School in Portland, and a number of smaller private schools and day care centers.While the state's legislative offices were open Friday, public hearings and committee meetings were canceled.The Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick remained closed Friday — not from the effects of the storm, but because of problems resulting from a frozen water pipe on Wednesday afternoon. 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