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Utility crews made more progress Friday restoring power to 175,000 people left in the dark after a winter storm battered the Northeast, but the majority still remained without electricity for a second day from West Virginia to Maine. The nor’easter left residents in the hardest-hit areas resorting to grills to cook food on Thanksgiving.
By 5:30 p.m. ET crews had restored power to around 70,000 more homes and businesses, but more than 104,000 remained without power in the aftermath of the winter storm that snarled Thanksgiving travel plans and led to massive flight cancellations and delays.
In New Hampshire, which had 200,000 customers without power early Thanksgiving, the number of blackouts had been reduced to slightly over 86,600; in Maine more than 1,600 were still without power; New York still had 2,200 without electricity; and Massachusetts and Pennsylvania each had more than 1,600 left powerless. There were smaller outages in Connecticut, Vermont, Maryland and West Virginia.
The nor'easter dumped up to 20 inches of snow and slush on parts of the Eastern Seaboard from West Virginia to Maine on Wednesday and early Thursday, cutting power and causing some cooks to improvise — using outdoor grills or wood fires to cook Thanksgiving meals. New Hampshire was slammed with some of the highest snow totals — as much as 18.4 inches in Madison, just west of the Maine border.
It was the fourth-largest outage in the history of Public Service of New Hampshire, the state’s largest electric utility, spokesman Lauren Collins told the Union Leader newspaper. "We’re telling people to prepare for a multi-day restoration. It doesn’t mean everybody will be without power for multiple days."