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Gov. Corbett signs disaster emergency proclamation in Pa.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses are still without power after an ice storm pummeled Pennsylvania.

Gov. Tom Corbett has signed a disaster emergency proclamation, freeing up state agencies to use all available resources and personnel to respond to Wednesday's storm.

Nearly 849,000 customers were without electricity at the height of the storm.

PECO, which was working to restore power to more than 500,000 customers, warned that it could take until the weekend for some people get their electricity back.

The storm piled up to a foot of snow along the state's northern tier and coated the southeastern region with a layer of ice that closed schools and created a travel nightmare.

Flights were canceled and long stretches of the Pennsylvania Turnpike were under speed and trailer restrictions.

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