125,000 customers in Pa., Md. still without power

125,000 customers in Pa., Md. still without power after storm; most outages are in Philly area

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Linesmen work to restore electrical power, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Downingtown, Pa. A small army of electricity restoration crews labored Friday to reconnect about 330,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Thousands of Pennsylvanians are returning home as power is restored after an ice storm that downed trees and electrical lines.

About 125,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland remain without power late Saturday afternoon.

The majority of them are in the Philadelphia area. The utility PECO is reporting 111,000 outages, down about 40,000 from Saturday morning.

The latest outages include nearly 47,000 customers in hard-hit Chester County, or more than one in five customers.

Montgomery County has nearly 30,000 customers without electricity, while Bucks County has 24,000.

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.

In Maryland, officials report more than 3,600 outages.

More than 1 million customers lost power at the storm's peak.

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