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With Power Outages On The Rise, Are Utility Companies Prepared?06:14
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Tracy Ward of Wilbraham, Mass. prepares dinner by lantern light for her family on Monday. (AP)
Tracy Ward of Wilbraham, Mass. prepares dinner by lantern light for her family on Monday. (AP)

With a total of just 7.8 inches of snow so far this winter, it's easy to forget the snowstorm that swept up the East Coast last October, leaving 1.4 million people across New England without power.

And just before that was tropical storm Irene, which also left many in the dark for days.

Combined, those two storms left a bill of over $160 million, a cost the state's major power companies will likely try to pass on to customers.

Given the increasing number of major power outages in Massachusetts, and the high cost of restoring service, independent journalist Scott Van Voorhis decided to look into how well prepared utilities are for the New England weather.

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This segment aired on February 20, 2012.

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