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Icy weather cuts power to more than 640,000

February 5, 2014 News Extra

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PHILADELPHIA — State and turnpike officials have lifted some of the speed restrictions imposed because of the icy weather affecting much of the state, but utility officials say the storm has cut power to more than 640,000 electric customers.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike has lifted a ban on empty tractor-trailers over the entire turnpike and a 45 mph speed limit for almost all areas, but the lower speed limit remains in effect from the Blue Mountain to Delaware River Bridge exits. That’s because of a fatal 11 p.m. Tuesday crash involving three tractor-trailers that has closed the turnpike in both directions between the Gettysburg Pike and Harrisburg West exits.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has lifted the 45 mph speed limits on many roadways in eastern Pennsylvania but says the limit will remain in effect on some roadways including Interstates 78, 80 and 380.

PECO reports more than 550,000 customers without power in the five-county Philadelphia region, most of them in suburban counties. PPL reported almost 60,000 customers without power, most of them in Lancaster County.

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