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Lights slowly coming back on in Northeast

Michelle r. Smith and Jay Lindsay, Associated Press

April Palmieri digs out her car in front of her home, background left, on 17th Street after a snow storm on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 in Bayville, N.Y. Palmieri had five feet of water in her basement as result of the rains from Superstorm Sandy. A howling storm across the Northeast left the New York-to-Boston corridor shrouded in 1 to 3 feet of snow Saturday, stranding motorists on highways overnight and piling up drifts so high that some homeowners couldn't get their doors open. More than 650,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Slow but steady, crews are making progress turning the lights back on in the Northeastern states hardest hit by the weekend winter storm.

Power was restored in Massachusetts to about 60,000 customers bringing the total outages to 344,000. Connecticut outages were down to 31,000. And lights were on for nearly everyone in Maine and New Hampshire after more than 15,000 went dark during the storm.

At its peak, the storm knocked out power to about 650,000 customers. By the evening, the numbers were down to about 560,000.