Obama declares state of emergency in Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says that a state of emergency has been declared for Pennsylvania, a move that helps the state tackle restoring power to hundreds of thousands without it.
Biden made the announcement Thursday in Philadelphia where he was unveiling Amtrak's newest engine and touting the need for more investment in infrastructure. President Barack Obama signed the decree earlier.
At the peak of the snow and ice storm Wednesday, some 849,000 residents were without power. That has since fallen to 451,000 on Thursday with utilities and government officials warning that it may take until Friday, or even later this weekend, for everything to be restored.
Gov. Tom Corbett says assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be helped to supply generators for hospitals and nursing homes.
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