About 183,000 Homes, Business without Power on Christmas Day

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Detroit, MI, United States (4E) – About 183,000 homes and businesses in Michigan, Maine and Vermont were without power on Christmas Day due to trees and power lines downed by a weekend ice storm.

Some 116,000 customers of Consumers Energy and 18,000 customers of DTE Energy in Michigan were still without power before evening Wednesday.

In Maine, 48,000 customers of Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro Electric Co. were without electricity as of 7 p.m. The worst affected by the ice storm were Kennebec and Waldo counties.

One ice storm-related death was reported in the state, a 50-year-old Knox man who was found dead in his garage early Tuesday morning due to carbon monoxide poisoning. The victim, Timothy Woods, went into a detached garage with closed doors to refill a generator with gasoline and was overcome by the exhaust, said Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

In Vermont, about 1,144 customers of Vermont Electric Cooperative were without power as of 4:30 p.m.

Crews of the utility companies are working round the clock since Tuesday to restore power by Thursday night or early Friday. CMP had 1,800 crews working on Christmas Day.

Meanwhile, forecasters said 1 to 2 inches of snowfall is expected in southeast Michigan early Thursday morning, with the higher snowfall in the Saginaw Valley. Detroit is expected to get about 1.5 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

Lewiston, Augusta and Down East in Maine could see up to 5 more inches of snow while Greater Portland expects light snow on Thursday.

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