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Power Outages Persist in Northeast After Storm

Thursday, 03 Nov 2011 03:49 PM

 

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About 750,000 power customers from Pennsylvania to New Hampshire remained without electricity Thursday because of the deadly October snowstorm that hit the Northeast and caused widespread outages last weekend.

With temperatures falling below freezing at night, residents without electricity made do by running power sources such as generators and stoves or staying in shelters set up across the Mid-Atlantic and in New England.

Two more deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning were suspected, adding to a half dozen people in Massachusetts and Connecticut who have died in their homes from unvented toxic fumes generated by heating devices.

The unseasonably wintry weather was blamed for about a dozen other fatalities, mostly on slippery roads.

On Thursday, 427,000 Connecticut power customers, or 34 percent statewide, were without electricity. Connecticut Light & Power said it estimated restoration would be complete by Sunday night — more than a week after storm damage shut down power to nearly 1 million customers there.

Although many residents struggled without power, one lucky person was warmed by news of buying the winning Powerball lottery ticket worth $254.2 million Wednesday.

A "grand prize" ticket was sold at an unspecified retail location somewhere in Connecticut, the Powerball website said.

In Massachusetts, about 144,000 customers were without power, and state Attorney General Martha Coakley said she intends to open a new investigation into utility companies' response to recent storms that have caused widespread outages.

At least 74,000 customers had no power in New Jersey. Outages also included some 65,000 customers in Pennsylvania, 36,000 in New Hampshire and at least 17,000 customers in New York.

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