Governor Paul R. LePage and State officials held a news conference at MEMA headquarters Monday afternoon to provide an update on Hurricane Sandy. As the effects of the hurricane impact Maine, Governor LePage urges Mainers to stay safe. The greatest marine and coastal impacts from the storm will occur with the band of high winds that will move northward Monday afternoon and evening.

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According to the Central Maine Power reports approximately 26,000 accounts are without power, most of the accounts located in York County. Shelter information for certain Maine county was issued earlier this evening. A shelter has been opened in Buxton at the Groveville Fire Station 31 Turkey Lane, Buxton.

"Use a lot of common sense, stay out of the elements, let the storm take its course, and be safe. The biggest thing is to be safe. We don't want anyone to get hurt," said Governor LePage.

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MEMA joins the National Weather Service and all operational partners in urging the utmost caution as this complicated storm system brings its hazards to Maine. MEMA officials expect wind gusts 50-60 mph, possibly some 70 mph gusts in southern areas. Officials encourage Mainers to respect any local access restrictions to flooded areas, beach and shoreline areas or roadways blocked by fallen trees or power lines, to stay away from any downed power lines and report them to your electric utility.

If you need shelter location information, officials ask that you call 2-1-1 or if you have a medical emergency to call 9-1-1.