Icy weather cuts power to more than 670,000 across state

  • By Ron Todt
    Associated Press
February 5, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The overnight ice storm has left more than 750,000 Pennsylvania households without electricity.

That from Gov. Tom Corbett, who says there were 754,000 outages at noon Wednesday, primarily in the state’s southeastern corner. At a briefing at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Corbett said the storm left up to a foot of new snow in northern areas.

Officials had lifted most speed restrictions resulting from the storm. Pennsylvania Turnpike officials say they’ve reopened a section of the turnpike between Gettysburg and Harrisburg that was closed late Tuesday night because of a fatal crash involving three tractor-trailers.

PECO reported the most power outages — a total of 599,000 — while First Energy reported 91,000 and PPL had nearly 56,000.

Corbett declined to predict how soon power may be restored.



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