Pennsylvania ice storm leaves hundreds of thousands in the dark

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A snow-and-ice storm that caused more than a million U.S. power outages has long since cleared out, yet its effects are expected to linger for days as utility crews work feverishly to restore electricity.

The vast majority of the outages are in a single state, Pennsylvania, where some customers could be in the dark until the weekend.

One Pennsylvania official on Wednesday likened the damage to what you'd expect to see from a hurricane.

The Northeast's second winter storm of the week dumped more than a foot of snow in some states, forcing schools, businesses and government offices to close, snarling air travel and sending cars and trucks sliding on slippery roads and highways.

What made this storm stand out -- and caused all of the outages -- was the thick coating of ice it left on trees and power lines.

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