UPDATE: Thursday, July 5, 2012
Six days after the violent storms that knocked out power to more than 2 million people in parts of the Midwest and the mid-Atlantic region, utility crews are still working to return lights and air conditioning to hundreds of thousands of others.
Nearly half of the 500,000 people who are still without power are in West Virginia. The state's heavily-forested and hilly terrain is slowing the thousands of workers trying to restore electricity.
The utility that covers much of the nation's capital and its Maryland suburbs, Pepco, has received some of the harshest criticism in the aftermath of the storm. As of this morning, it says it had restored power to more than 90 percent of its customers.
Meanwhile, a new round of summer storms is making its way across Michigan and Ohio, knocking down trees and power lines. Some of the new outages are in areas where power had already been restored.
Utilities say more than 300,000 homes and businesses across Michigan had their power knocked out by the new round of thunderstorms.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
More Mid-Atlantic residents are a little more comfortable as power companies hooked them back up with lights and air conditioning over the Fourth of July holiday.
Pepco got some of the harshest criticism. As of Thursday morning, the utility says it's restored power to more than 90 percent of its customers in the nation's capital and Maryland suburbs.
More than 2 million people at one point lost power from wicked storms that converged on Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., Indiana and Ohio. They packed winds topping 70 mph in some places, uprooting trees and damaging homes.
Officials blamed the storms for 26 deaths.
Early Thursday, the number without power is diminishing though not quickly enough for those still in the sweltering dark. At least 500,000 customers are still out.