PHILADELPHIA – Utility crews restored power to thousands of Pennsylvania homes Saturday, but some customers in the dark for days after a tree-snapping ice storm may not regain power until early next week.
About 95,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland remained without power late Saturday afternoon, and faced the prospect of a fourth night without electric heat or light.
The majority of them are in the Philadelphia area, with utility PECO reporting about 93,000 outages, as of 9:30 p.m., down about 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 had about 22,000 customers without electricity, while Bucks County had 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.
The outages that remained Saturday included about 4,000 non-PECO customers in York County.
Maryland officials reported 2,000 outages.
More than 1 million customers lost power at the storm’s peak.