Car and driver are stopped in Derry, N.H. on a road littered with fallen trees and wires after an overnight ice storm Friday, Dec. 12, 2008. The ice storm knocked out power to more than a half-million homes and businesses in New England and upstate New York, and authorities say it could take days for all of them to get service back. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
At least four deaths are being blamed on the ice storm that struck the Northeast late last week.
Three of the deaths -- a man in New Hampshire and a couple in New York -- were due to carbon monoxide poisoning from gas-powered
generators. The fourth was a Massachusetts utility worker, who'd
gone out to check tree limbs downed by the ice.
As many as 1.4 million people were without electricity after the storm hit. But progress is being made. The Public Service Company of New Hampshire says it's restored power to more than 100,000 customers yesterday, though about 194,000 remain in the dark. Power may not be restored to some of those customers until Thursday or Friday.
Several hundred thousand customers are still without power across upstate New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine today.
Utility crews have been dispatched to the region from Canada and as
far away as Michigan and Virginia.
As temperatures sink into the single digits in places, people have been flocking to shelters. The National Weather Service marked 9 degrees in Concord, N.H., and just 2 above zero in Fryeburg, Maine.