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Progress Made in Restoring Power to Blizzard-Affected Locations

Utilities made further progress restoring power to areas affected by the weekend's winter storm in the Northeast, with more than half of affected customers back on the grid by Sunday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Energy said.About 322,000 customers in eight states remained without power as of 2 p.m. EST Sunday, the department said, down from a peak of nearly 670,000.Massachusetts remained the worst-hit state in terms of the number of outages, with about 238,000--or 8% of customers--still without electricity. The figure is a decline from the more than 400,000 without power at the peak out of the outages.Massachusetts utility NSTAR said customers in Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod were the hardest hit by the storm. In some regions in the state, more than 90% of customers were without power, NSTAR said. The utility has reported that restoration could take multiple days in some locations, the DOE said.Rhode Island had the highest percentage of customers affected, with about 63,...

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