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78K in Pa. remain without power after storm

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 9, 2014 at 12:03 am •  Published: February 9, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thousands of Pennsylvanians are returning home as power is restored after an ice storm that downed trees and electrical lines.

Less than 78,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland remain without power early Sunday.

The majority of them are in the Philadelphia area. The utility PECO is reporting less than 78,000 outages, down from about 155,000 earlier Saturday.

The latest outages include nearly 39,000 customers in hard-hit Chester County, or more than one in five customers.

Montgomery County has about 19,000 customers without electricity, while Bucks County has less than 16,000.

PECO spokesman Greg Smore says weakened trees and limbs continue to fall, creating new obstacles. The company expects to restore power to everyone by Monday.

In Maryland, officials report about 500 outages.

More than 1 million customers lost power at the storm's peak.