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Storm now linked to 11 deaths, thousands of flight delays

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Heather Griffin, of Buffalo, N.Y., and her dog Sal walk beneath ice-covered trees on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Buffalo. Heather Griffin, of Buffalo, N.Y., and her dog Sal walk beneath ice-covered trees on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Buffalo.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — At least eleven deaths in the United States are now blamed on a weekend storm that has left areas from the upper Midwest to northern New England covered with ice and without power -- possibly through Christmas.

Thousands of flights have been operating behind schedule today -- including many in New York, Washington, Chicago, Denver, Dallas and Houston. And the flight tracker FlightAware says more than 275 flights were canceled.

Delta Air Lines says a taxiway that may have frozen over is suspected in an accident at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. A jetliner slid onto the grass, but no one was hurt.

Some 400,000 homes and businesses are without power in Michigan, upstate New York and northern New England -- down from yesterday's peak of more than a half million. Most are in Michigan, where utility companies say it will be days before power is restored because of the difficulty of working around broken lines.

THIS IS A STORY UPDATE. For an earlier AP story, read below.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A steady diet of freezing rain and cold temperatures means parts of the country socked by a weekend storm will be covered with ice through Christmas and beyond.

Hundreds of thousands of people from Michigan to Maine remain without power Monday morning after the storm that dropped up to 2 inches of ice in some places.

Michigan's largest utilities say it will be days before most of those blacked out get their power back.

The National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, says the freezing rain will taper off Monday afternoon in the east, but temperatures will fall into the single digits and stay below freezing into the weekend.

State officials dropped the speed limit to 45 mph on the Maine Turnpike along a 107-mile stretch from Kittery to Augusta because of slick conditions.

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