(USA TODAY) -- Frigid temperatures offered no respite from the ice pulling downutility poles and power lines across Michigan and the northeastern USA,and tens of thousands remained without electricity days after an icestorm barreled through.

Twenty-seven deaths have beenblamed on the storm and cold, with 17 in the USA and 10 in Canada. Amongthose in Canada, seven were the result of carbon monoxide poisoningfrom people using generators or barbecues to stay warm after losingpower and heat.

Bangor Hydro Electric in Maine isadvising people it will be the end of the day Friday before it's morethan 11,000 customers all are back on line, the Associated Pressreported. The number has fluctuated as some people get power back whileothers lose it. The utility said downed trees are the biggest problemfacing line crews.

Worst hit was Michigan, where more than 139,000homes remained without power Wednesday afternoon. At its peak, thestorm last Saturday affected more than 500,000 home and businesses inMichigan.

Light snow was expected in Michigan, and a few inches ofaccumulation was expected to add to problems in Maine and NewHampshire, said Brian Wimer of

Frigidtemperatures were expected to continue. "When it's this cold, it's notgoing to melt (ice) much and also it's cloudy, so there's not much sunto help out," Wimer said.

But he said dry weather should continuethrough Friday and Saturday in areas hit by power outages withtemperatures inching above freezing.

"This is our largestChristmas-week storm in our 126-year history, and it's our largest icestorm in the last 10 years," Consumers Energy spokeswoman Debra Doddsaid. The company provides electricity to most of lower Michigan. "Weare working as hard as we can to get people back on. We recognize thatthis is a terrible time for this to happen."

"Unfortunately,what's happening is, because the temperatures are remaining belowfreezing, the ice is not melting," Dodd said. "Things are continuing tofail."

In Flint, Mich., the American Red Cross set up a warming shelter and a mobile food truck provided meals.

"Whatwe're recommending is, if they don't have a relative they can staywith, that they call 211," Dodd said. "That puts them in contact withtheir nearest United Way agency."

In East Lansing, Terry Brock, from Richmond, Va., was visiting his parents when the ice storm struck.

"Iwas basically up all night listening to transformers blow up andlistening to branches fall all over the neighborhood," he said.

"There's no one to be angry at so I'm not going to be," said Brock, whose car was damaged by a falling limb.

InMaine, more than 30,000 people still remained without power lateWednesday. Gov. Paul LePage, who declared a state of emergency beforethe storm arrived, urged residents to check on their neighbors,according to the Associated Press.

Temperatures across the stateremained in the single digits and from 2 to 6 inches of snow could fallin parts of Maine on Thursday.

"We've had two beautiful, sunnydays in Maine and the ice isn't going anyplace," said Lynette Miller,spokeswoman for the Maine Emergency Management Agency. "They're veryconcerned about more weight coming down on trees that are alreadycompromised by ice."

Power was knocked out to downtown Ellsworth, Maine, which declared a state of emergency.

"Travelconditions are becoming life-threatening with icy conditions pairedwith downed power lines and fallen trees," the town said in a statement."Especially after sunset, it will become difficult to see the downedpower lines and trees, contributing to even more hazardous conditions."

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