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**FILE** Firmo Banez poses next to a downed tree in front of his home in Elmont, N.Y., on Nov. 8, 2012. Firmo lost electrical power to the house following Superstorm Sandy ten days before, had it restored two days later by the Long Island Power Authority, only to have it go out again a week later during a Nor'easter snowstorm. (Associated Press)

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