Thou­sands still have no power in the North­east

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

MONTPELIER, VT. >> Tens of thou­sands of cus­tomers across the North­east were still with­out power Satur­day af­ter gusty storms start­ing on Halloween top­pled trees and power lines and flooded roads.

In one Con­necti­cut town, of­fi­cials blamed the un­usu­ally high tree dam­age on gypsy moths and emer­ald ash bor­ers, pests that weak­ened trunks and branches.

In­sects ate their way through the tree-lined com­mu­nity of Marl­bor­ough, Con­necti­cut, mak­ing the trees brit­tle and un­able to with­stand Thurs­day’s high winds, WFSB-TV re­ported.

In Maine, more than 61,000 were still with­out ser­vice by early af­ter­noon Satur­day, and New York had 57,000 with­out power.

The storms killed at least two peo­ple. A man in Ten­nessee who was in­jured when a tree fell on his van later died, and a Glenville, New York, man died af­ter he got out of his car on a flooded road and was swept away. The high winds also par­tially top­pled a milk barn in north­ern Ver­mont.

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