Authorities: Freezing weather leaves 19 dead in U.S., Canada ~Jason Hanna and Ben Brumfield, CNN

Posted on December 27, 2013 By

Thousands of people in parts of the northern United States and southeastern Canada endured at least their fourth consecutive day without electricity Thursday because of ice-related outages, and power companies warned some still might not have power until at least the weekend.

More than 232,000 customers were without power in below-freezing temperatures Thursday in parts of Michigan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and northern New England. Storms that began hitting Michigan on Saturday and moved through New England early this week knocked down trees and power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands in the dark.

At least 19 people died in weather-related incidents since Saturday, authorities said Thursday. Of the casualties, 14 were in the United States, according to various emergency management officials. The majority died of carbon monoxide poisoning, the officials said.

In Kentucky, five people died in flooding-related incidents, state officials said.

In Canada, three people in Quebec and two in Toronto died from carbon monoxide poisoning, official said. Read more.

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