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No Treat: About 2 Million Still Without Power In Northeast

<p>This tree split in two due to heavy snow on its branches in Belmont, Mass.</p>
Michael Dwyer

This tree split in two due to heavy snow on its branches in Belmont, Mass.

That unusually early winter storm that struck the Northeast over the weekend, dumping up to 30 inches of wet heavy snow in some places, has left a couple million customers without electricity because snapped limbs and falling trees brought down power lines across New England.

And it will be up to a week before power is restored to everyone, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports this morning.

In Connecticut, according to the Hartford Courant, 750,000 customers don't have power. The Boston Globe says about 621,000 customers in Massachusetts are in the dark (our colleagues at WBUR have much more coverage of the situation in Massachusetts; New Hampshire Public Radio is on the story as well).

The Union Leader says about 290,000 are without power in New Hampshire.

It all comes, of course, just as Halloween arrives. Many towns in the region, according to the Globe, are telling kids not to trick-or-treat tonight. Some have set Friday as the new fright night.

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