More storm deaths, hundreds of thousands without power

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- At least 14 deaths are now blamed on the ice and snow storm that rolled across parts of the central and northeastern United States and into Canada over the weekend. And more than 500,000 homes and businesses are still without power.

Forecasters are warning that more snow is expected to move into the Great Lakes and Midwest by Christmas morning.

In some areas, emergency shelters are being kept open for people without power.

The number of utility customers in Maine who are without power spiked to more than 100,000 today, even as Central Maine power Company sent more than 1,000 workers to help restore power throughout the state.

In Michigan, Consumers Energy -- the state's largest utility -- says it hadn't had this many outages during any Christmas week since it was founded 126 years ago.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)

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