Storm recovery may take days

More than 1.5 million customers still without power following early snowstorm

HARTFORD, CT (UPI) | November 1, 2011

The October storm that dumped inches of snow on much of the northeastern United States disrupted Halloween trick-or-treating for many children.

In Connecticut, Gov. Dannel Malloy said he and his wife would not be handing out candy Monday evening in Hartford and urged other people in areas without power to follow their example, CNN affiliate WFSB-TV reported. Officials in at least 20 cities and towns in Connecticut and in Worcester, Mass., made similar pleas.

"No amount of candy is worth a potentially serious or even fatal accident," Malloy said.

At least 1.7 million homes and businesses from Pennsylvania through New England were still in the dark early Tuesday. Connecticut Light & Power said full restoration would take at least until Friday.

Fifteen deaths have been reported in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, CNN said. They include three from carbon monoxide poisoning, one man electrocuted by touching a guardrail in contact with a downed power line, one in a fire, an elderly man crushed in Berks County in Pennsylvania when a tree fell on his home, two killed by trees falling on their cars and the rest in weather-related crashes.

Areas affected by the storm got anything from snow mixed with sleet to more than 2 feet of snow. In Peru, Mass., in the Berkshire Mountains 32 inches were reported.

President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration for Connecticut Monday, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts.

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