AUGUSTA — Utilities and emergency responders in northern New England are getting ready for Hurricane Sandy.

New Hampshire’s largest utility is calling all of its customers this weekend to remind them to prepare for power outages that could accompany the hurricane early next week.

Public Service Company of New Hampshire made calls Friday to customers who are on medical support devices or are otherwise especially vulnerable when power outages occur. It planned to make similar calls to all customers over the weekend.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed a limited emergency declaration that waives federal limits on hours utility workers can drive in order to expedite power restoration.

In Vermont, Green Mountain Power has tree and line crews on call from six states and Ontario to assist the utility in power restoration efforts.

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