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Freak snow storm hits Maine, triggers emergency

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Maine, USA

BOSTON, April 5 (Reuters) - A freak spring storm blanketed parts of Maine in nearly a foot (30 cm) of snow on Thursday, snarling traffic and forcing the governor to declare an emergency after at least 275,000 homes and businesses lost power.
Gov. Jim Baldacci's emergency declaration allows Maine to seek help from utility crews in neighboring states and Canadian provinces to restore power.

The city of Portland received 11.6 inches (29.5 cm), making the snow storm the ninth-biggest on record for April, said Art Lester of the National Weather Service's bureau in Maine.

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CONCORD, N.H. — Utility crews worked to restore power today to tens of thousands of northern New Englanders after a spring snowfall dumped more than a foot of snow around the region.
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