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Reuters, Published December 26 2013

Over 170,000 without power in U.S. Midwest, northeast and Canada

Over 170,000 homes and businesses were without power in the U.S. Midwest and Northeast and eastern Canada early Thursday following severe ice storms earlier in the week, according to local power companies.

Most of the remaining outages were in Michigan with more

than 100,000 still out.

The hardest hit utility was CMS Energy Corp, which

still has over 91,000 without power. CMS said the storms

affected service to about 348,000 customers.

CMS said it may take until Saturday to restore power to

those in the hardest hit areas.

Other hard hit regions include the U.S. state of Maine and

the provinces of Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick in Canada.