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.
177-a-17-(Gail Rice, spokeswoman, Central Maine Power, in AP interview)-"more people out"-Gail Rice of Central Maine Power says they're working as hard and as fast as they can, but she can't really estimate how many customers will still be without power on Christmas Day. (24 Dec 2013)
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178-a-23-(Gail Rice, spokeswoman, Central Maine Power, in AP interview)-"and rural areas"-Gail Rice of Central Maine Power says they have over 1,000 workers either out in the field or in support roles working hard to get power up to all their customers. ((note length))((refers to Tuesday as 'today')) (24 Dec 2013)
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APPHOTO MEWAT507: A truck travels along an icy West Road in Belgrade, Maine, as the suns emerges from the clouds on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 after a major hit the area with ice. Nearly 100 percent of Central Maine Power customers in Belgrade were without power on Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Central Maine Morning Sentinel, Michael G. Seamans) (24 Dec 2013)
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APPHOTO MEWAT506: Trees frozen in ice cripple a section of power lines on Maplehurst Drive in Belgrade, Maine, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. From Michigan to Maine, hundreds of thousands remain without power days after a massive ice storm — which one utility called the largest Christmas-week storm in its history — blacked out homes and businesses in the Great Lakes and Northeast. (AP Photo/The Central Maine Morning Sentinel, Michael G. Seamans) (24 Dec 2013)
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