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More Than 200K Still Powerless After Winter Storm

Sunday, 28 Feb 2010 04:16 PM

More than 200,000 homes and businesses were still without power Sunday as restoration efforts continued days after a slow-moving storm battered the Northeast with heavy snow, rain and high winds.

Nearly 100,000 utility customers still lacked electricity in New Hampshire, the hardest-hit state. New York had about 96,000 outages and Maine 33,000.

More than a million utility customers throughout the region lost power at the peak of the storm.

Smaller outage numbers were reported in other states as hundreds of utility crews continued removing trees that knocked down power lines and replacing utility poles that snapped during the storm that crossed the region Thursday and Friday. Crews from as far away as Michigan and Maryland were helping restore power in northern New England.

Dozens of shelters were set up at fire departments, schools and other places to provide warmth and food. In upstate New York, deep snow made it hard for people to get around.

"A lot of people cannot honestly get out of their house and get to the shelters," said John-Anthony Bruno, executive director of the Ulster County chapter of the American Red Cross. "A lot of people are resourceful. If their neighbor has power, they go down the street rather than shelter with us."

In southern New York, the weather was linked to a death in Warwick, where a 60-year-old man was found dead after he went outside to shovel snow on Friday, said Walter Koury, the Orange County emergency services commissioner.

Bryan Bush lost electricity Thursday, but he used a power generator he owns to turn the lights back on in his home in Kittery, Maine. Neighbors without that option have been stopping in for showers, warmth and cups of coffee.

But with three utility poles still down in front of his house and wires crossing his driveway, he wasn't too confident about getting power back anytime soon.

"I wouldn't expect much before the middle or the end of the week," he said.

Governors in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts visited storm-struck areas Sunday to meet with emergency responders and view storm damage. Officials said it could be several days before power is fully restored in New Hampshire, while Maine's largest utility hoped to restore power to all of its customers by the end of Monday.

In New Hampshire, Gov. John Lynch activated 50 National Guard members who went door-to-door in Allenstown on Sunday to check on residents without power.

"This continues to be a difficult situation for many New Hampshire families and I continue to urge people to put their safety first," Lynch said.

The storm dumped more than 2 feet of snow in New York, dropped 8 inches of rain in southern Maine and brought winds that gusted up to 92 mph off the New Hampshire coast.

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.

Maine stood to get the brunt of the latest front, with snow and rain also expected in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, said National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Cempa.

"We're looking at a good bet of 6 inches or so in a lot of places away from the coast," Cempa said.

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Associated Press writers Cristian Salazar in New York City; Stephen Singer in Hartford, Conn.; and Glenn Adams in Augusta, Maine, contributed to this report.

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