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Utilities say some Md. outages will last days

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Power companies say it will be at least Friday before electricity is restored to some of the 125,000 customers affected by a storm that coated parts of Maryland and Delaware with up to a half-inch of ice.

Officials opened overnight shelters Wednesday in Frederick, Bel Air and Westminster. Frederick County also announced warming centers, with no sleeping accommodations, at four fire stations across the county.

Baltimore Gas and Electric reported nearly 72,000 customers still in the dark late Wednesday afternoon, mostly in Carroll, Baltimore and Harford counties.

Potomac Edison had 44,000 Maryland outages, mostly in Frederick, Carroll and Washington counties.

Delmarva Power reports about 5,000 outages in northern Delaware and 2,000 in Harford County, Md.

Maryland State Police warn the outages may cause traffic-light malfunctions, and drivers should be careful.

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