Utility crews working to power up Pa., Md.

By By MARK SCOLFORO and RON TODT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Utility crews are laboring around the clock for yet another day, working to restore electricity to the nearly 175,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland without power following an early week ice storm.

Some customers have been told it could be several more days before power is restored.

Early Saturday, PECO, the dominant electricity provider in the Philadelphia area, reported just over 167,000 outages, with about 2,700 in the city.

In Maryland, service had been restored to all but about 6,700 homes and businesses. More than 150,000 Maryland customers lost power Wednesday after a storm coated much of the state with up to a half-inch of ice.

The number of those without power steadily decreased in the two states Friday, plunging from more than 250,000 early in the day. But officials say some might have to endure a few more days without electricity.

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