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Utilities were gradually restoring electricity Tuesday to people who lost power during Hurricane Irene, but more than 150,000 customers were still in the dark across Pennsylvania as crews assessed the damage from the storm.
A total of 153,883 customers were still without power in parts of the state, said Ruth Miller, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. At the peak of the storm, there were more than 700,000 customers without power.
Utility crews were out across central and eastern Pennsylvania on Tuesday, clearing fallen trees and fixing damaged equipment as they worked to restore service before the Labor Day weekend. PEMA was working on tallying a damage estimate from the storm, but Miller said it was far too early to know a figure. Teams are currently assessing damage in Philadelphia and Sullivan counties, she said, and will be traveling to other areas to assess damage in the coming days.
Meanwhile, residual effects from the storm were still causing problems for commuters in Philadelphia and other parts of the Northeast. At Philadelphia's 30th Street Station, trains to New York City and other points north were canceled Tuesday because of flooding that affected the station in Trenton, N.J., on Sunday.
So far, the storm is being blamed for at least five deaths in Pennsylvania: a man killed by a falling tree in his yard, two campers killed by falling trees, a motorist killed in a car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and a woman whose body was found in a suburban Philadelphia creek, about a half-mile from where her car was found in a flooded area.