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Power Outages Dragging On in Maine, Michigan

It may not be until Friday or Saturday until lights come back on
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 26, 2013 9:18 AM CST
Power Outages Dragging On in Maine, Michigan
Chris Devine, center, hauls a sled of gifts with his daughter Jordan, 11, left, and stepson Derek Gervais, 20, right, to their home on Maplehurst Lane in Belgrade, Maine on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.   (Michael G. Seamans)

Some homes and businesses from Maine to Michigan and into Canada that have been without electricity since last weekend's ice storm may not get their power back for another day—or longer. Bangor Hydro Electric in Maine is advising people it will be the end of the day Friday before its more than 11,000 customers are back online, while Central Maine Power still has more than 24,000 in the dark, down from more than 100,000 at the storm's peak. "We've had two beautiful, sunny days in Maine and the ice isn't going anyplace," one Maine emergency official said; indeed 2 to 6 more inches of snow are expected to hit the state.

In Michigan, meanwhile, about 105,000 homes and businesses were still without power this morning, down from more than 500,000 at the storm's peak. CMS Energy Corp. said some of its nearly 90,000 customers still offline may have to wait until Saturday to get power back. So far, authorities blame the storm for 27 deaths; 17 in the US and 10 in Canada, including five who apparently died from carbon monoxide poisoning. (Read more storm stories.)

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