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Tens of Thousands Without Power, Storm Rages On

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By Peter Granitz

Tens of thousands of Metro-area residents are waking up this morning without power. Crews are working to get service back but it is unclear how long people will be without electricity.

More than 60,000 people in Northern Virginia don't have power this morning, and Pepco is reporting 85,000 homes are without electricity, most in Montgomery County. Less than 6,000 in Washington have lost service.

Spokesman Bob Hainey says the heavily-treed areas of Maryland and upper northwest D.C. are the hardest hit because the heavy, wet snow is causing trees to fall onto power lines.

Compounding that, Hainey says, work trucks are getting stuck in the snow on tight roads.

"These are large trucks. These are trucks with double wheels and chains," says Hainey. "But right now we are working with Montgomery County to get those trucks mobile again. It just shows you the power of this storm."

With possibly ten more inches of snow today, Hainey says he can't predict when people will get their power back. He says to call 877-PEPCO-62 to report an outage.

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