Ice storm leaves 370,000 without power in U.S.
Dave Dora, a lineman from a Grand Haven utility company, gives thumbs up to a worker as the connect fallen wires on Macon Avenue on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Lansing State Journal, Greg DeRuiter)
Published Tuesday, December 24, 2013 10:00AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 24, 2013 8:11PM EST
AUGUSTA, Maine -- More than 500,000 homes and businesses were still without power Tuesday in parts of the central and northeastern United States and into Canada after a weekend ice and snow storm rolled across the region. At least 17 people have been killed in the storm.
The U.S. National Weather Service said more snow was expected to move into the Northern High Plains and Central Rockies on Tuesday before rolling into the Great Lakes and Midwest by Wednesday morning.
In Canada, five people are reported dead from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning. Police said two people in Ontario died after using a gas generator to heat their blacked-out home northeast of Toronto.
Police in Quebec said carbon monoxide poisoning was believed to be the cause of three deaths in a chalet on the province's North Shore.
Toronto officials said 85,000 customers were still without power Tuesday. While that was down from 300,000 people at the height of the weekend outages, some were likely to be in the dark until after Christmas.
In Quebec, 31,700 customers remained without power as of early Tuesday. In New Brunswick, more than 40,000 customers were still in the dark.
The region was under a cold alert, with temperatures expected to be well below freezing Tuesday.
Some U.S. states kept emergency shelters open for people without power.
The number of customers in Maine without power spiked to more than 100,000 on Tuesday, even as Central Maine Power Co. sent more than 1,000 workers to help restore power throughout the state.
That was the case, too, in Michigan, where Jackson-based Consumers Energy -- the state's largest utility -- said it hadn't had this many outages during any Christmas week since its founding 126 years ago. Close to 17 per cent of its 1.8 million electric customers lost power during the storm that hit late Saturday; roughly 152,000 remained without it Tuesday.