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The Latest: Storm takes a toll on New Hampshire trails

By The Associated Press
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on a severe storm in the Northeast that brought hurricane-force wind gusts and torrential rain (all times local):

11:48 a.m.

The network of recreational trails across New Hampshire took "a major hit" during Monday's storm, with reports of trees down, bridges possibly washed out and other sections damaged by flood waters.

The chief of the New Hampshire Bureau of Trails, Chris Gamache, says the ATV trails in Warren took "a direct hit again" and are closed, as is the Hopkinton-Everett Riding Area in Dunbarton — which serves as a catch basin for flood waters in order to protect towns further south along the Merrimack River. Trails at Jericho Mountain State Park have been temporary closed.

Gamache compared the damage to Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, adding that this storm resulted in more wind damage and less rain. Repairs will be expensive and Gamache said he feared it will be challenging to ready the trails for the opening of snowmobile season Dec. 15.

At the storm's peak Monday, high winds and heavy rain throughout the Northeast downed trees and power lines and left more than 1.5 million without electricity.

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10:32 a.m.

A major electric utility in Rhode Island and Massachusetts says about 180,000 of its customers are still without power.

National Grid says a peak of 282,000 homes and businesses were without power in Massachusetts after the storm. That number was down to 100,000 Tuesday morning. In Rhode Island, a peak of 154,000 customers had lost power, but that number was down to 80,000 Tuesday.

Utility officials say they're bringing in crews from all over the country and expect to restore power to most of those customers by the end of Wednesday. They expect to restore power to all schools, nursing homes and shelters by the end of the day Tuesday.

At the storm's peak Monday, more than 1.5 million were without electricity as the storm packing high wind and heavy rain moved through the Northeast.

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9:55 a.m.

Officials in New England cities and towns that experienced significant storm damage say families should be very careful when taking children trick-or-treating.

The storm peaked Monday and knocked down thousands of trees and left more than a million people without power. Portland, Maine, officials say they are still cleaning up on Tuesday, and some neighborhoods warrant extreme caution.

City spokeswoman Jessica Grondin says many homes don't have power, and power lines are still down in some areas. She says the city is recommending residents not trick-or-treat on streets that don't have power.

She also says using illuminating devices is especially important on Tuesday night.

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7:30 a.m.

Power is slowly being restored to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in New England, one day after a powerful storm downed numerous trees and power lines and flooded roads.

The lack of power Tuesday forced dozens of school districts across the region to cancel classes for a second consecutive day, while many towns postponed trick-or-treating until the weekend.

At the storm's peak Monday, more than 1.5 million customers were without electricity.

By Tuesday morning, there were still over 407,000 outages reported in Maine. More than 138,000 customers were still without power in New Hampshire, and nearly 39,000 were in the dark in Vermont.

The two major electric utilities in Massachusetts were reporting more than 120,000 outages combined. About 83,000 homes and businesses in Rhode Island were still in the dark, while Connecticut's utilities had about 60,000 outages.

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1:05 a.m.

A severe storm that pounded the Northeast has left utility crews scrambling to restore power and forced communities to postpone Halloween festivities due to damage.

The storm knocked out power to nearly 1.5 million homes and business at its peak Monday across the region. More than 1 million customers remained in the dark early Tuesday.

New England bore the brunt of the storm. Thousands of trees were toppled. In New Hampshire, floodwaters swept away a house. In Maine, the state's largest utility warned residents to be prepared to be without electricity for up to a week.

Officials in some cities and towns have pushed back trick-or-treating from Halloween night — Tuesday — to as late as Sunday evening due to safety concerns.

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