Thousands still without power after winter storm

Brutal winter storms have left thousands of customers in Maine and Michigan without power heading into the weekend.
Posted By Gabrielle Levy   |   Dec. 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM   |   Comments

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Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Thousands of homes are still without power after an ice storm ravaged the northern United States and Canada last weekend.

Agencies in Maine reported more than 30,000 customers were without power Thursday as more snow was expected to fall Thursday night.

"There was severe infrastructure damage to poles and lines," said Lynette Miller, spokesperson of the Maine Emergency Management Agency. "There is more snow through tonight that could cause additional problems."

Maine Gov. Paul LePage announced a disaster relief fund to raise money for families who have been affected by the storm.

"We know how generous Maine people can be, especially at Christmas time," LePage said. "We have heard from a number of people asking how they can help."

And in Michigan, more than 100,000 customers remained without power across the state, said Michigan State Police spokesman Ron Leix. Several counties have declared states of emergency with forecasts of frigid temperatures expected to continue.

"We're willing and ready to help if needed, and in we're in constant dialogue with emergency management," Leix said.

More snow and wind is headed into Michigan Sunday night, with gusts reaching as high as 40 mph.


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