Utilities Scramble to Restore Power, Residents Seek Warmth and a Charging Station

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Some people in Pennsylvania who might not get power back for several days are heading to shopping malls, public libraries and some hastily-established shelters. They're looking for someplace warm -- or at least somewhere to recharge their cell phones.

More than a half million homes and businesses are without power as a result of the ice and snow storm that left more than a foot of snow in some areas of the Northeast. Most of the outages are in Pennsylvania, where officials are comparing the damage to the aftermath of a hurricane.

After an aerial survey of the storm's aftermath today, Gov. Tom Corbett said crews are putting a priority on restoring power to hospitals and nursing homes, as well as communications facilities and sewer plants. He said a shipment of generators from the federal government was on its way.

In Pottstown, one downtown café gave about 15 free meals to people without power. It encouraged them to plug in their electronic devices, and even let a few of them get a warm shower. The café's owner says it's about "giving back to the community."

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