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Some in area still without electricity

January 07, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

TRI-STATE -- About 75 Allegheny Power customers in the Tri-State area remained without electricity Thursday afternoon in the aftermath of a storm that moved through the area Tuesday and Wednesday.

According to Allegheny Power's Web site, 73 customers were without power in Washington and Frederick counties, Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania, and Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in West Virginia as of 4:40 p.m.

Earlier Thursday, more than 400 customers were affected in Jefferson County. A power outage forced T.A. Lowery Elementary School near Shenandoah Junction to close at 1:30 p.m.

Allegheny Power spokeswoman Janice Lantz said the company had made progress in restoring power to affected customers but it was also battling new outages as the effects of the storm became more clear Wednesday.

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Area residents waited to see how bad ice accumulations might be from the storm, but they were not as severe as predicted.

The brief excitement even attracted the attention of a crew from The Weather Channel, which did a live broadcast from the intersection of Summit Avenue and West Washington Street in Hagerstown.

Rain was heavy during the storm Tuesday night and early Wednesday. Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer reported on his Web site that 1.27 inches of rain fell Tuesday and Wednesday.

Today's forecast is for high temperatures around 40 degrees.

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