Tens of Thousands in Maryland Still Without Power After Ice Storm

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Power crews prepare to depart from a staging area at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. (credit: John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Power crews prepare to depart from a staging area at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. (credit: John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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Updated: Feb. 6, 2014 at 4:43 p.m.
Posted: Feb. 6, 2014 at 5:39 a.m.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Despite steady progress in restoring power to tens of thousands of Maryland homes, one utility says it will be Saturday before some customers have electricity.

Both Baltimore Gas and Electric and Potomac Edison say it will likely be Friday, at the earliest, before power is fully restored to their service areas.

A winter storm Tuesday night coated areas north and west of the District with up to a half-inch of ice.

As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, a little less than 53,000 customers in the WNEW listening area remained in the dark. The majority of the outages are in Carroll, Frederick and Baltimore counties.

Potomac Edison has about 22,000 of the Maryland outages. Spokesman Todd Meyers says most will be restored by late Friday night, but scattered outages will remain on Saturday.

BGE says it expects to resolve most of its 30,000 outages on Thursday, with some lasting into Friday.

At the peak of the outages Wednesday morning, about 158,000 customers were without power.

Both companies have brought in hundreds of out-of-state workers to repair the damage. BGE crews are using M&T Bank Stadium as a staging area where they gather before making repairs.

WNEW’s John Domen contributed to this report.

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