Maine news

AUGUSTA, Maine - All Maine state offices are closing early due to a looming winter storm.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage said Wednesday that state offices will close at 1 p.m.

LePage is urging residents to drive slowly on the roads during inclement weather and keep a safe distance behind other vehicles.

The National Weather Service in Gray has said that 10 inches of snow is expected fall across the state. Snow is expected to spread quickly starting in the midmorning, moving from south to north.

The snow is supposed to last until early Thursday.

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Legislative leaders have been told the recurring problem of water damage at the State House is continuing.

The executive director of the Legislative Council, Grant Pennoyer, says a leak on the fourth floor has caused damage to several areas of the capitol building.

PORTLAND, Maine - Meteorologists say inland southern Maine will likely see the heaviest of the snow that is expected to blanket the state on the biggest travel day of the year.

The National Weather Service in Gray says five to 10 inches will fall across the state. Snow is expected to spread quickly starting in the mid-morning, moving from south to north.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's utility companies say they're ready to respond to possible outages with heavy snow expected to fall across the state.

Central Maine Power officials said that they have been holding pre-storm planning sessions and going over their storm-response plans. Spokeswoman Gail Rice says the storm could cause snow to build up on roads, tree limbs and power lines.

Emera Maine says it's watching Downeast Maine, which is expected to get hit hardest in the storm.

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This month's deadly fire in Portland that killed six people has focused attention on code violations and safety issues in Portland's huge rental market.