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Utilities say Md. power restoration may take days

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 5, 2014 at 11:51 am •  Published: February 5, 2014

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Power companies say it may take more than one day to restore electricity to some of the 158,000 customers affected by a storm that coated parts of Maryland and Delaware with up to a half-inch of ice.

Carroll County's emergency services coordinator said Wednesday the county plans to open an emergency shelter. About 45 percent of the county's residents were without power at midday.

Baltimore Gas and Electric has about 91,000 outages, mostly in Carroll and Baltimore counties.

Potomac Edison reports 51,000 Maryland outages, mostly in Frederick, Carroll and Washington counties. Spokesman Todd Meyers predicts "a multiple-day restoration" of power.

Delmarva Power reports nearly 7,200 outages in Delaware.

Maryland State Police warn the outages may cause traffic-light malfunctions, and drivers should be careful.