Storm Shelters 

Officials in Maine say between 150 and 200

people spent the night in shelters after losing their power because

of the state’s worst ice storm in a decade.

About 18 shelters are open, most of them in southern and coastal


The Maine Emergency Management Agency says temperature readings

and progress in restoring electricity to those still in the dark

will likely determine how many people make use of the shelters.

Overnight lows are expected to be in the lower teens and single

numbers in most of the hard-hit areas.

MEMA spokeswoman Lynette Miller is emphasizing safety,

especially in regard to avoiding use of generators indoors and in

enclosed areas. Miller is also cautioning about safe operation of

chain saws when clearing downed tree limbs and says never try to

remove brush near downed power lines.