Crews making some progress restoring power

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Utility crews are making steady progress getting the lights back on in South Carolina after the worst winter storm in a decade.

The latest reports from power companies show about 125,000 customers statewide are still in the dark. That's down from 225,000 about noon yesterday.

In Georgia, fewer than 100,000 homes and businesses are still without power. Crews are working to restore electricity in east Georgia, which was hard hit by this week's ice storm. Georgia Power reported that more than 40,000 of its customers were without power in east Georgia early today, with many of them around the Augusta area.

Utility companies say nearly a million homes and businesses in Georgia lost power at some point after the storm blanketed the region with snow and ice.

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