Monday, March 1, 2010

Nearly 200K without power after Northeast storm

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PORTLAND, Maine – Nearly 200,000 homes and businesses were still without power Monday as restoration efforts continued days after a slow-moving storm battered the Northeast with heavy snow, rain and high winds.

More than 83,000 utility customers still lacked electricity early Monday in New Hampshire, the hardest-hit state. New York had about 87,000 outages, and Maine had about 16,000.

Fallen trees hang on utility wires in East Derry, N.H., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010.

At the peak of the storm, more than a million utility customers throughout the region had lost power.

Hundreds of utility crews from as far away as Michigan and Maryland continued removing trees that knocked down power lines and replacing utility poles that snapped during last week's storm.

Dozens of shelters provided warmth and food at fire departments, schools and other places.

Another storm, this one from the east, was expected to bring more snow and rain into parts of New England on Sunday night into Monday.

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