Power is still out for some

December 16, 2002|by TAMELA BAKER and SCOTT BUTKI

TRI-STATE - Allegheny Energy crews worked through pouring rain Friday to restore power to more than 13,000 customers who remained without power as a result of Wednesday's ice storm.

The company pulled more than 1,000 workers from other locations, including some working for other utility companies, to help restore power to more than 90,000 customers in the Tri-State area who lost power due to Wednesday's storm, a spokesman said.

As of 1 p.m. Friday, more than 36,000 Allegheny Energy customers remained without power; that number dropped to 13,285 by the end of the day.


Friday's rainstorm dropped an additional 1/2 inch of precipitation on Washington County, according to a information on a Web site maintained by Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer.

The storm slowed some power restoration efforts as workers had to be more careful working in the rain, Allegheny Energy spokesman Mike Grandillo said.

Among the Allegheny Energy customers without power by the end of Friday, more than 150 were in Washington County. There were 2,300 customers in Frederick, Md., without power Friday night and 5,000 in Mt. Airy.

There were 1,400 customers in Martinsburg, W.Va. without power and 10 in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

The National Weather Service forecast mostly cloudy weather today with a chance of snow or rain showers. There is a 30 percent chance of precipitation.

Brunswick Middle School, Brunswick High School, New Market Middle School and New Market Elementary all closed early because of power outages. Afternoon and evening activities scheduled at those schools were canceled.

Washington County schools reopened Friday after being closed Thursday, but a dance at Smithsburg Middle School scheduled for Friday was canceled because of Friday's weather advisory, the school principal said.

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