Posted: Feb 8, 2014 10:35 PM
Source: Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA - Thousands of Pennsylvanians are returning home as power is restored after an ice storm that downed trees and electrical lines.
Less than 100,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland remain without power Saturday evening.
The majority of them are in the Philadelphia area. The utility PECO is reporting about 93,000 outages, down nearly 60,000 from Saturday morning.
The latest outages include nearly 39,000 customers in hard-hit Chester County, or more than one in five customers.
Montgomery County has about 22,000 customers without electricity, while Bucks County has 19,000.
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 2,000 outages.
More than 1 million customers lost power at the storm's peak.