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Mar 14, 2010 9:01 AM by Associated Press

Utility crews attack power outages in Northeast

Utility crews in the Northeast are back at what's become a familiar task lately, pushing through fallen trees and windblown debris to reach downed power lines.

For the second time in two weeks, they're working to restore electricity to more than a half-million homes and businesses after strong winds and heavy rain wreaked havoc in parts of the region.

The storm battered parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut yesterday with gusts of up to 70 mph. It struck about two weeks after heavy snow and hurricane-force winds left more than a million customers in the dark.

More than 500 passengers on a New Jersey Transit train were stranded for six to seven hours because of power supply problems. Amtrak service between Philadelphia and New York was suspended for
hours and airline flights were delayed or diverted.

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