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      Frustration grows as power outages continue

      Residents still without power from Michigan to Maine after a weekend ice storm are becoming frustrated with each passing hour that their homes remain dark and cold.

      They're scrambling to buy or borrow generators to keep pipes from freezing. Some have fled their homes while others are choosing to stay or have nowhere else to go.

      Michigan bore the brunt of the storm as nearly 600,000 homes and businesses lost power. Some might not get power back until next week.

      Crews are continuing to restore electricity to Michigan homes and businesses, reducing the number of customers without power to about 52,000.

      Consumers Energy says outages were down Friday afternoon to 36,400. About 12,600 DTE Energy customers are in the dark due to harsh weather that began last week.

      In the state Capitol, Lansing Board of Water and Light says it's down to 2,600 outages.

      The utilities expect power to be restored to most by this weekend, but they're bracing for possible problems from rising temperatures. They fear tree branches and ice could snap power lines as ice melts.