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A look at key storm developments in Pennsylvania

Associated Press Modified: November 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm •  Published: November 3, 2012

— INJURIES/DEATHS: Fifteen people were killed, including four who died of carbon monoxide poisoning from generator fumes in separate incidents: a 66-year-old man who died of carbon monoxide poisoning from fumes from a generator in the garage of a home in Carbon County in eastern Pennsylvania, a 48-year-old woman in Lehigh County's Lower Macungie Township who succumbed to similar fumes inside her home, a 90-year-old woman found dead in her bed in Lower Merion Township in suburban Philadelphia of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning, also from a generator in use during the storm, and an 86-year-old man found dead beside a generator in the garage of a Berks County home.

Two women died after an early morning electrical fire in suburban Philadelphia only hours after power was restored to the home, and police said the blaze is considered storm-related.

A 93-year-old man from Upper Macungie Township in Lehigh County died of hypothermia in his home while the power was out.

An 82-year-old woman in Honesdale, Wayne County, became distraught after a tree fell on her home and committed suicide.

Also in Wayne County, an 88-year-old woman in Beach Lake died from falling down the stairs of her home, which was without lights due to a power outage.

An 86-year-old South Whitehall Township resident died from hypothermia after being found unresponsive in her yard after prolonged exposure to the storm.

An 8-year-old Susquehanna County boy died when a tree limb fell on him.

In Berks County, a 62-year-old man was killed after a tree fell atop his house.

A man trimming a tree in preparation for the storm fell and died in Lancaster County.

A vehicle passenger died in Somerset County when the car she was riding in slid off a snowy, slushy road and overturned into a pond.

A 17-year-old riding an ATV in Northampton County died after striking a fallen tree during the storm.

In addition, a York County woman was charged after she jumped into a raging creek to "save" a couple dozen wild ducks.

— POWER OUTAGES: More than 163,000 customers remained without power Saturday from a peak of more than 1.2 million customers throughout Pennsylvania on Tuesday, according to utilities FirstEnergy, Peco and PPL. That figure ranks among the top three storms ever with hurricanes Agnes (1972) and Floyd (1999), according to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

— WEATHER STATISTICS: No storm watches, warnings or advisories were in effect but colder temperatures were in the forecast for Pennsylvania through the weekend. Hanover received the most rain in the state from the storm, with 8.15 inches, according to the National Weather Service. The highest recorded winds in Pennsylvania were in Allentown, at 81 mph.

— SHELTERS: Pennsylvania opened "mega-shelters" at two state-owned universities to help 1,800 people left homeless in New Jersey and New York as well as Pennsylvania.

— VOTING: Between 250 and 300 polling places remained without power, state officials said Friday, just four days before the presidential election. The Corbett administration would not identify which sites were in the dark. Electric utilities have been asked to make polling places a priority after such customers as hospitals and nursing homes. Gov. Tom Corbett also ordered counties where election offices were closed this week to extend the deadline for absentee voters until 5 p.m. Monday to submit their ballots, either by mail or in person.


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