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November 5, 2012

17% of Garrett County, Md., homes still lack power

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Potomac Edison says about 3,900 homes and businesses in Garrett County are still without power a week after Superstorm Sandy dumped up to 2 1/2 feet of snow in the far western Maryland mountains.

That's about 17 percent of all electricity users in the rural county. At the peak of the outages last week, nearly 80 percent of the company's Garrett County customers lacked power.

Potomac Edison spokesman Todd Meyers said Monday he expects virtually all 23,000 customers there to be back up by midnight Tuesday.

He says 17 of the county's 18 polling places are back on the grid. The one at the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department has generator power and will be open on Election Day.

 

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