PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s largest utility says service will be restored to customers affected by a fall storm by late Saturday. Meanwhile, the Maine Emergency Management Agency is collecting data in anticipation of making a request for a disaster declaration to free up federal aid.

The storm cut power to nearly 500,000 customers in the state, 404,000 of whom were customers of Central Maine Power. The utility says outages were down to about 115,000 homes and businesses by Thursday evening.

CMP President Sara Burns says power will be restored by late Saturday. Emera Maine is down to about 22,000 outages and says those should be fixed by Saturday as well.

The companies say the only exceptions will likely be remote camps and homes in areas where flooding and felled trees prevent access.

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