1. Irene

    895,000 Still Without Power

    Steve Music works to replace a power line damaged by Tropical Storm Irene in Buxton, Maine Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. Central Maine Power Co. estimated the storm knocked out power to 275,000 customers. Bangor Hydro-Electric Co.'s peak outages during the storm was about 29,000. (AP Photo/Joel Page)

    Joel Page / AP Photo

    It's been days since Hurricane Irene passed through, but an estimated 895,000 homes and businesses are still without power. That's down from a peak of 9.6 million blackouts, but those remaining are starting to get frustrated. In Rhode Island, a state senator is calling for an investigation of utility companies, while a lawmaker in Massachusetts is filing legislation to require companies to rebate customers for two days of service for every one they are without power. The utilities have defended their efforts, saying they warned the public that Irene would likely cause long-lasting damage to electrical infrastructure.

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