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Ice storm leaves 370,000 without power in US

Augusta, Dec 24, 2013 (AP): 21:56 IST
A man walks past ice encrusted trees in Earl Bales Park following an ice storm in Toronto December 23, 2013. REUTERS
More than 370,000 homes and businesses were still without power today morning in parts of central and northeastern US after a weekend ice and snow storm rolled across the region.

More than 7,000 flights were behind schedule by yesterday night, many of those in New York, Washington and Chicago as people struggled to travel before Christmas.

At least 11 people in the US have been killed in the storm. In Canada, police said two people in Ontario are dead from carbon monoxide poisoning after using a gas generator to heat their blacked-out home northeast of Toronto.

In Toronto alone yesterday night, 11 people were taken to hospitals with signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. The region was under a cold alert, with temperatures expected to be well below freezing today.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said 115,000 customers were still awaiting power, and officials said some may not have it restored until after Christmas.

Some US states kept emergency shelters open for people who would be without power.
About 250,000 of the people without power were in Michigan, whose largest utilities said it'll be days before power is restored because of the difficulty of working around broken lines.

In Maine, the number of customers without power spiked to more than 100,000.
Untreated roads and sidewalks will remain a slippery, dangerous mess.

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