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New England residents clean up after storm

November 5, 2007

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— Several thousand coastal residents from Massachusetts to Maine faced a second night without power Sunday, and at least two house fires were indirectly blamed on the remnants of Hurricane Noel.

The storm struck New England with just a glancing blow Saturday, bringing down tree limbs and knocking out power to 80,000 homes. State officials reported no serious injuries or deaths. By late Sunday afternoon, NStar said 17,000 customers remained without power.

"Crews are facing extensive damage to trees and electric equipment," NStar spokeswoman Caroline Allen said in a statement. The company expected to restore power to all its customers by today, she said.

No evacuations, deaths or serious injuries were linked to the storm in the region, said Peter Judge of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

The state's only serious flooding was on Brandt Point on Nantucket, where roads were closed for a few hours, he said.

Earlier, Noel was blamed for at least 57 deaths in Haiti, 84 in the Dominican Republic and one each in the Bahamas and Jamaica, making it the deadliest storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season.

Thousands of people across the Caribbean were homeless because of catastrophic flooding on the islands and extensive damage was reported in Cuba.

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