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After storm, 4,000 Maine customers still powerless

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

Nearly 4,000 customers still are without power in Maine because of a snowstorm that struck northern New England.

The Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. considers a customer to be a home or even a big building. Company spokeswoman Susan Faloon says crews are working 100 jobs to end a series of small outages. She says 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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