Bangor Hydro Electric Company Prepares for Hurricane NoelNovember 02, 2007 - TRCBangor, ME--Bangor Hydro Electric Company is monitoring weather conditions closely and is prepared for outages over the weekend and possibly into next week as Hurricane Noel makes its way toward Maine.The forecast indicates that the storm will hit portions of Maine early Saturday with heavy rain and winds of up to 70 mph. Although the storm will likely affect all of Bangor Hydro’s service territory, the Downeast area is of particular concern. Extra crews will be placed in all divisions.Outages could last several days in some areas and customers are encouraged to prepare for that possibility by locating flashlights with working batteries, keeping a battery-operated radio available with fresh batteries, making sure you have a supply of fresh water if you aren’t connected to a public water supply, keeping some non-perishable food on hand, and double checking secondary heating sources to ensure that are in good working order. Customers using generators are encouraged to follow the manufacturer’s directions.“We have made arrangements for all possible staff to be on hand throughout the storm in an effort to minimize outages.” said Bangor Hydro Communications Officer Susan Faloon. “We are expecting outages and system damage and ask that customers be patient as we repair the damage. If you see a downed power line, please do not touch or attempt to move it.”The Customer Service Center will be staffed with additional Customer Service Representatives during the weekend to handle an anticipated increase in customer calls. The quickest way for customers to report outages is through our automated telephone system by entering an account number or the phone number of the outage location.Customers may call Bangor Hydro’s Service Center to report a power outage, downed line or other power emergency at 1-800-440-1111. Updated outage information is available at www.bhe.com.Bangor Hydro-Electric Company (BHE) is an electric utility wholly-owned by Emera Inc. BHE serves a population of 192,000 in an area encompassing 5,275 square miles in eastern and east coastal Maine. BHE is a member of the New England Power Pool and is interconnected with other New England utilities to the south and with the New Brunswick Power Corp. to the north. Visit us at www.bhe.com.Emera Inc. (EMA-TSX) is an energy and services company with $4.0 billion in assets. Electricity is Emera's core business. The company has two wholly-owned regulated electric utility subsidiaries, Nova Scotia Power Inc. and Bangor Hydro-Electric Company, which together serve 590,000 customers. Emera's other investments include a joint venture interest in Bear Swamp, a 600 megawatt pumped storage hydro-electric facility in northern Massachusetts; a 12.9% interest in the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline ; and Emera Energy Services which manages energy assets on behalf of third parties and provides related services. Visit Emera on the web at www.emera.com. Submitted by : Susan E. Faloon, Communications OfficerBangor Hydro-Electric Company: (207) 973-2812NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.