Power restoration goes on in Pa., Md.
PHILADELPHIA — A small army of electricity restoration crews labored Friday to reconnect nearly 300,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and utility companies warned some will have to wait several more days.
The lion's share of the outages remained in the Philadelphia suburbs, where many schools were closed for a third day, and a PECO spokesman said work was continuing around the clock. PECO accounted for about 250,000 outages late Friday afternoon.
“That number is coming down throughout the course of the day,” said PECO spokesman Fred Maher.
Severe cold weather that gripped the mid-Atlantic on Friday was expected to remain in place for days, and forecasters said light snow was possible over the weekend.
Utility companies reported about 280,000 customers without power in Pennsylvania — most in the five-county Philadelphia area. In Maryland, service has been restored to all but about 16,000 homes and businesses.
There has been progress — more than a million total outages had been attributed to the storm.
Systems engineer John Bowman said he has been buying $6 packages of firewood at a neighborhood hardware store, planning to burn them in the coming days to keep the temperature in his Downingtown home high enough to prevent damage to water pipes. He said he was told it may be Sunday before his power is restored.
“With the way the sun's been warming up the house, I don't want to use those rations yet,” Bowman said.
Authorities urged people to be careful when using space heaters and other methods to heat their homes. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency said four confirmed cases of carbon monoxide poisoning, and a fifth suspected case, were reported at a hospital in the Philadelphia suburbs on Wednesday night.
The Bucks County Courier Times also reported that one person was taken to a hospital and several others were sickened in a carbon monoxide incident Thursday night in the suburban town of Horsham. The newspaper also reported a fire emergency call on Thursday from someone who took his barbecue grill inside for warmth.
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