Crews scramble to restore power to Northeast after storm

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A severe storm that pounded the Northeast has left utility crews scrambling to restore power and forced communities to postpone Halloween festivities due to damage.

The storm knocked out power to nearly 1.5 million homes and business at its peak Monday across the region. More than 1 million customers remained in the dark early Tuesday.

New England bore the brunt of the storm. Thousands of trees were toppled. In New Hampshire, floodwaters swept away a house. In Maine, the state's largest utility warned residents to be prepared to be without electricity for up to a week.

Officials in some cities and towns have pushed back trick-or-treating from Halloween night -- Tuesday -- to as late as Sunday evening due to safety concerns.