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May be Friday before power back in Maine, Michigan

  • Chris Devine, center, hauls a sled of gifts with his daughter Jordan, 11, left, and stepson Derek Gervais, 20, right, to their home on Maplehurst Lane in Belgrade, Maine on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. The Devine's lost power on Monday and have hauled their supplies in on sled ever since. Trees and power lines are down on both sides of their driveway, luckily they weren't home when the trees fell affording them the opportunity to drive to town for gas and other essentials for life off the grid. Central Maine Power says it could be at least a week before power is restored in rural areas like Belgrade. (AP Photo/Morning Sentinel, Michael G. Seamans)

Bangor Hydro Electric is advising people it will be the end of the day Friday before its more than 11,000 customers are back on line. The number has fluctuated as some people get power back while others lose it.

Central Maine Power, with more than 24,000 customers still without power early Thursday, hoped to get electricity back for most by the end of the day but acknowledged that some will still be without electricity on Friday. More than 100,000 were without power at the storm's peak.

In the snow country of New York's Tug Hill Plateau, east of Lake Ontario, 11 to 17 inches of wind-whipped lake effect snow was expected to fall by the end of the day Friday. The ice storm knocked out electricity for about 50,000 customers in northern New York; all but a handful had power back by Thursday.

Ashley Walter, 27, was hunkered down Wednesday with her husband, Jacob, and their month-old daughter, Leah, at a shelter set up in a school in Litchfield, Maine. The family lost power Saturday, got it back temporarily, then lost it again Sunday.

Despite the challenge of being out of the house, especially at Christmas, the family was staying positive.

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