Power outages darken Christmas for thousands

December 25, 2013 9:48 PM

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Power outages darken Christmas for thousands

Frigid temperatures Christmas Day offered no respite from the ice pulling down utility poles and power lines across Michigan and the northeastern USA, and tens of thousands remained without electricity days after an ice storm barreled through.

Twenty-five deaths have been blamed on the storm and cold, with 15 in the USA and 10 in Canada. Among those in Canada, seven were the result of carbon monoxide poisoning from people using generators or barbecues to stay warm after losing power and heat.

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