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December 15, 2008
An ice storm coats the northeast
A massive ice storm knocked out electrical service to 1.4 million homes and businesses in the northeast late last week. More than 570,000 customers still lacked power Sunday afternoon in upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Utilities in hardest-hit New Hampshire said power might not be totally restored to the region until Thursday or Friday. Officials warned power failures could rise again as drooping branches shed ice and snap back to their original positions, potentially taking out more power lines. President Bush declared a state of emergency for New Hampshire and nine of Massachusetts' 14 counties, directing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide relief assistance. Adding to the misery of downed power lines and property damage, temperatures dropped into the teens and 20s early Sunday, with single-digit readings in parts of New Hampshire and Maine. Fryeburg, Maine, hit a low of just 2 degrees above zero. Warmer weather was on the way for Monday. The number of people at shelters in Massachusetts nearly doubled to 1,800 Saturday night as people faced another night without lights and heat. Nearly 1,300 people stayed at 56 shelters in New Hampshire. (19 images)

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A horse breaks up the icy ground cover for food in Hillsborough, N.H., Saturday, Dec. 13. More than 1 million homes and business in the Northeast lost power following an ice storm Friday. AP / Jim Cole


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A chain link fence and the trees behind it are covered with a thick coat of ice in the aftermath of an ice storm along a highway in Boylston, Mass., Friday morning, Dec. 12. AP / Stephan Savoia



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Cherries are covered in ice after an ice storm, in East Greenbush, N.Y., Friday, Dec. 12. An ice storm knocked out power to more than a half-million homes and businesses in New England and upstate New York Friday. AP / Mike Groll



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After the ice storm that coated the Worcester, Mass., area, fallen branches cover Brattle Street on Friday, Dec. 12. Globe / John Tlumacki



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Ice coats electric lines after a storm in Taghkanic, N.Y., Friday, Dec. 12. The ice storm knocked out power to 1.25 million homes and businesses from Maine to Pennsylvania, closing schools and tying up travel. AP / Mike Groll



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Neighbors John Piddock, left, and Jon Meredith look at a tree that fell in front of Piddock's house after a winter storm in Kinderhook, N.Y., Friday, Dec. 12. A wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain knocked out power to more than a half-million homes and businesses in New England and upstate New York Friday. AP / Mike Groll



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Ice surrounds the branches of a tree after a storm in East Derry, N.H., Friday Dec. 12. Hundreds of thousands of residents in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont were without power Friday as an ice storm dropped trees and power lines all over the region. AP / Charles Krupa



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Crews work to clear roads in Washington, N.H., Saturday, Dec. 13, clearing a way for utility crews that were working to restore electricity. More than 1 million homes and businesses lost power following an ice storm Friday. AP / Jim Cole



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Ben Porter stacks logs from trees damaged by ice Sunday, Dec. 14, in North Berwick, Maine. AP / Joel Page



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Nancy Caisse checks the temperature of her daughter Nikki Caisse as her other daughter Monica Caisse watches at a shelter in the basement of the Jaffrey Bible Church in Jaffrey, N.H., Sunday, Dec. 14. The church has a generator for power and heat and has opened its doors to those in the area who have lost power from Friday's ice storm. AP / Jim Cole



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Cars maneuver around a fallen tree and power line in Temple, N.H., Sunday, Dec. 14. Crews are still trying to restore power and clear roads after Friday's ice storm. AP / Jim Cole



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Lamont Priest, left, and Raheem Jefferson of Lewis Tree Service from Bethlehem, Ct., cut back iced limbs to get to power lines in Temple, N.H., Sunday, Dec. 14. Three days after an ice storm hit the Northeast hundreds of thousands of people are still without power. AP / Jim Cole



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This scene shows frozen trees on the campus of Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H., Saturday, Dec. 13. Cold weather continued to keep ice on trees in the region after a devastating ice storm destroyed utility poles, wires and other equipment, making some roads impassable. Utility officials trying to recover from the ice storm in the Northeast warned there could be more outages Sunday, as drooping branches shed ice and snap back to their original positions, potentially taking out more power lines. Keene Sentinel / Steve Hooper



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This scene shows a cemetery in Jaffrey, NH captured after a devastating ice storm, Friday, Dec. 12. Utility officials trying to recover from the ice storm in the Northeast warned there could be more outages Sunday as drooping branches shed ice and snap back to their original positions, potentially taking out more power lines. Crews across the region reported the ice had destroyed utility poles, wires and other equipment, but said the extent of damage was unclear because some roads still were impassable. Keene Sentinel / Steve Hoope



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A truck drives down Gregory Hill Road in Princeton, Mass., in the aftermath of an ice storm Friday morning, Dec. 12. AP / Stephan Savoia



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Trees bent by the weight of ice from a winter storm line railroad tracks in Hinsdale, Mass., Friday, Dec. 12. The Berkshire Eagle / Ben Garver



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Ice surrounds the branches of trees as a worker clears a road after a storm in East Derry, N.H., Friday Dec. 12. Hundreds of thousands of residents in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont were without power Friday as an ice storm dropped trees and power lines all over the region. AP / Charles Krupa



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Guillermo Bello of Worcester, Mass., drags a trash can under a tree heavily laden with ice in a yard he is cleaning in the aftermath of an ice storm on Grafton Street in Shrewsbury, Mass., Friday morning, Dec. 12. AP / Stephan Savoia



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A motorist drives through an ice-coated scene near the Granite Farm, Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, in Brunswick, Maine. More than 200,000 residents of Maine are without electricity as a result of the storm. AP / Robert F. Bukaty



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