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Families huddled in the cold during Alpena power outage

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 The lights are back on for Northwestern Energy customers today.

 At the peak of last night's storm more than 200 homes in the Huron area were in the dark. 180 of those homes were in Alpena which is about 20 miles from Huron.

 Relentless wind and thick heavy snow piling up on power lines in Alpena. Eventually snapping some lines landing close to 200 people in the dark.

 You could say the generator the Freidemans bought a few years back turned out to be a lifeline over the last day. It was enough to heat their living room turning it into a makeshift bedroom for this family of 4. Kim Freideman says, "We told the kids everyone bundle into one room because generator can't run furnace and not enough gas for space heaters so we bundled together and ate cold stuff."

 The next morning the kids still full of energy and even some jokes.

 Throughout the storm neighbors have made sure the family has had enough gas to run the generator when they need it. Making sure mom dad the 2 kids and Koen the dog are keeping warm

 According to Tom Glanzer from Northwestern, power was fully restored around 2PM Monday afternoon.

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