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After storm, 1,000 Maine customers still powerless

Wed, 12/30/2009 - 6:13am
The Associated Press

Nearly 1,000 Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. customers still are without power in Maine because of a snowstorm that struck northern New England.

The utility considers a customer to be a home or even a big building. Company spokeswoman Susan Faloon says crews are working to end a series of small outages, and they hope to restore power Wednesday.

The snowstorm started Monday and was blamed for a fatal SUV crash and a fuel truck rollover. It served as a prelude to Tuesday's strong wind gusts, dangerous wind chills and some of the coldest weather of the season in the region.

Gusty weather prompted some Vermont ski resorts to close lifts.

Bangor Hydro-Electric had reported more than 7,000 power outages Tuesday afternoon. Central Maine Power reported 2,000, and Public Service of New Hampshire reported 3,000.

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