The type of storm that hit New England hard early Monday morning and knocked out power to nearly half a million Mainers is an unusual meteorological event sometimes referred to as a “bomb cyclone.”
The unusual, “Sharknado”-like nickname stems from from a phenomenon called “bombogenesis,” in which atmospheric pressure drops relatively quickly (technically, 24 millibars in 24 hours), whipping up the kind of sudden strong winds that toppled countless trees throughout the region late Sunday and on Monday. More than 80,000 customers of Maine’s two largest electricity utilities still did not have power as of Friday morning.
Residents on Monday night narrowly voted to fund a new six-bay town garage and salt shed at 611 Lewiston Road. The secret ballot vote was 168-138.The thirty-vote margin came after voters argued about safety, site location choice and impact to taxes. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ story in the Sun Journal.
Maine Turnpike Authority officials were blasted by selectmen Monday night for a plan to replace signs for New Gloucester with ones for Windham and Gray.Keep reading
At their April 27 meeting, Selectmen opened two bids for replacing Outlet Road Bridge at the northern end of Sabbathday Lake.
St. Laurent & Sons Excavation Inc. of Lewiston offered $159,721 to do the work and Glidden Excavating & Paving Inc. of Gorham offered $107,584.