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    Andrew Powers, an arborist with Asplundh Tree Experts, clears iced branches from power lines along Mayflower Heights Drive in Waterville, Maine, on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Central Maine Power said nearly 57,000 were without power Monday afternoon, up from 29,000 it had been reporting earlier. Hardest hit was Kennebec County with about 20,000 and Waldo County at nearly 15,000 customers without power. (AP Photo/Morning Sentinel, Michael G. Seamans)

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    Trees frozen in ice cripple a section of power lines on Maplehurst Drive in Belgrade, Maine, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. From Michigan to Maine, hundreds of thousands remain without power days after a massive ice storm _ which one utility called the largest Christmas-week storm in its history _ blacked out homes and businesses in the Great Lakes and Northeast. (AP Photo/The Central Maine Morning Sentinel, Michael G. Seamans)

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    Utility crews respond to a downed power line at the intersection of Dorset Street and Kennedy Drive in South Burlington, Vt., on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. From Michigan to Maine, hundreds of thousands remain without power days after a massive ice storm _ which one utility called the largest Christmas-week storm in its history _ blacked out homes and businesses in the Great Lakes and Northeast. (AP Photo/Burlington Free Press, Glenn Russell)

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    Jill Ghantous, center, kisses her daughter, Briana Ghantous, 6, at the Wingate Hotel, on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in Grand Blanc Township, Mich. The Ghantous family lost power on Sunday at their home in Swartz Creek due to ice storms that have left about 40,000 people in Genesee County without power. Lacking power at their home, the family opened their Christmas presents Wednesday morning at the hotel. "We had to put a sign in the window to let Santa know to come here," Jill Ghantous said. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal-MLive.com, Michelle Tessier) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT

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    Chris Devine, center, hauls a sled of gifts with his daughter Jordan, 11, left, and stepson Derek Gervais, 20, right, to their home on Maplehurst Lane in Belgrade, Maine on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. The Devine's lost power on Monday and have hauled their supplies in on sled ever since. Trees and power lines are down on both sides of their driveway, luckily they weren't home when the trees fell affording them the opportunity to drive to town for gas and other essentials for life off the grid. Central Maine Power says it could be at least a week before power is restored in rural areas like Belgrade. (AP Photo/Morning Sentinel, Michael G. Seamans)

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    Jake Baldino, left, and Mick Benbow of K & T Electric of DeWitt replace an electrical box and pole to a home in DeWitt Township, Mich., Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. From Michigan to Maine, hundreds of thousands remain without power days after a massive ice storm _ which one utility called the largest Christmas-week storm in its history _ blacked out homes and businesses in the Great Lakes and Northeast. (AP Photo/Lansing State Journal, Greg DeRuiter)

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    Family Farm & Home of Mason employees and Dean Haynes, left, and Bobby Hollon load a generator into Nathan Timm's truck, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. Timm, of Ovid, was buying the generator for his parents, who live in Barry County and are without electricity. (AP Photo/Lansing State Journal, Matthew Dae Smith)

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    Trees and power lines grow heavy with ice as freezing rain continues into Monday morning, Dec. 23, 2013, in Cambridge, Vt. From Michigan to Maine, hundreds of thousands remain without power days after a massive ice storm _ which one utility called the largest Christmas-week storm in its history _ blacked out homes and businesses in the Great Lakes and Northeast. (AP Photo/Burlington Free Press, Emily McManamy)

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    Carla Coulter, 46, of Clio, holds her 1-year-old grandson Connor Hergert closely as she gives him a kiss on the forehead while listening to the FirstMerit Bank Mixed Chorus sing "Silent Night" along with about 100 spectators during the 76th Annual Holiday Sing on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 at FirstMerit Bank in downtown Flint, Mich. "We don't have power. We're warming up, and I just feel so very blessed to have my family," Coulter said. "I don't need anything else." (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Jake May) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT

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LITCHFIELD, Maine  — Some homes and businesses from Maine to Michigan and into Canada that have been without electricity since last weekend’s ice may not get their power back for another day — or longer.

Bangor Hydro Electric in Maine is advising people it will be the end of the day Friday before its more than 11,000 customers are back on line. The number has fluctuated as some people get power back while others lose it. The utility said downed trees are the biggest problem facing line crews.

“We’ve had two beautiful, sunny days in Maine and the ice isn’t going anyplace,” said Lynette Miller, spokeswoman for the Maine Emergency Management Agency. “They’re very concerned about more weight coming down on trees that are already compromised by ice.”

Central Maine Power, with more than 24,000 customers still in the dark early today, hoped to get power back for most by the end of the day but acknowledged that some will still be without electricity on Friday. More than 100,000 were without power at the storm’s peak.

More snow was forecast today for Maine and parts of Michigan, and frigid temperatures were expected to keep ice from melting off power lines and tree branches, posing new risks for outages.

From 2 to 6 inches of snow could fall in parts of Maine.

Ashley Walter, 27, was still hunkered down with her husband, Jacob, and their month-old daughter, Leah, at a shelter set up in a school in Litchfield, Maine. The family lost power on Saturday, got it back temporarily, then lost it again Sunday and have been without since.

Despite the challenge of being forced out of the house, especially at Christmas, the family was staying positive.

“It’s definitely kind of strange but we’re hanging in there,” Ashley Walter said Wednesday. “We did our Christmas together last night. I packed little stockings and gave them to my husband, sisters and my daughter.”

Trudy Lamoreau was supervising the emergency shelter where about 25 people stayed Tuesday night. Lamoreau, who’s also the town manager, said they warmed the shelter with generators until the school got power back late Tuesday night.

“People are doing quite well considering the circumstances,” she said.

In Michigan, about 105,000 homes and businesses were still without power early today, down from more than 500,000 at the storm’s peak. CMS Energy Corp. said some of its nearly 90,000 customers still offline may have to wait until Saturday to get power back.

With no electricity at their home, Jill Ghantous and her family from Swartz Creek, Mich., opened their Christmas presents at a hotel in Genesee County’s Grand Blanc Township, southeast of Flint.

The family members took the Christmas stockings from their home and hung them from a dresser in the hotel room.

They also bought a small tree for the room, said Ghantous, whose children are 10 and 6.

“I guess we can kind of pull Christmas out of nothing,” Ghantous told MLive.com. “You just get resourceful and try to make it the best you can.”

So far, authorities blame the storm for 27 deaths; 17 in the U.S. and 10 in Canada, including five who apparently died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

In Canada, about 160,000 customers were without power Wednesday. There were 72,000 customers without power in Toronto, down from 300,000 at the height of the outages, and Mayor Rob Ford said some may not have power restored until the weekend.

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