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May be Friday before power back in Maine, Michigan

  • Chris Devine, center, hauls a sled of gifts with his daughter Jordan, 11, left, and stepson Derek Gervais, 20, right, to their home on Maplehurst Lane in Belgrade, Maine on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Morning Sentinel, Michael G. Seamans)

LITCHFIELD, Maine — Snow was falling Thursday morning in places still hustling to get power back on after a weekend ice storm that turned out the lights from Michigan to Maine and into Canada.

Southeast and parts of interior Maine that have been without electricity since Sunday were anticipating from 3 to 7 inches of snow by the time the latest system pushes off the coast Thursday night. Utilities worried that the additional weight on branches and transmission lines could cause setbacks in the around-the-clock efforts to restore power.

"We don't think it's going to help us much, that's for sure," said Susan Faloon, a spokeswoman for Bangor Hydro Electric in Maine. "There was some concern expressed over the last couple of days about that storm coming because obviously we still have lot of stuff weighing down trees and lines.

"The system is pretty compromised out there," she said. "We expect we will have more outages."

In Michigan, where about half a million people lost power at the peak of the weekend storm, an inch or so of snow was expected. Utilities there reported 105,000 customers without power Thursday morning, while those in Maine reported more than 36,000. There were more than 101,000 without power in three Canadian provinces — Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick — including 54,000 in the city of Toronto.

Bangor Hydro Electric is advising people it will be the end of the day Friday before its more than 11,000 customers are back on line. The number has fluctuated as some people get power back while others lose it.

Central Maine Power, with more than 24,000 customers still without power early Thursday, hoped to get electricity back for most by the end of the day but acknowledged that some will still be without electricity on Friday. More than 100,000 were without power at the storm's peak.

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