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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Thousands of utility workers are trying to restore power knocked out by an ice storm that left more than 849,000 Pennsylvania households and businesses without electricity, but officials say toppling trees are still causing fresh outages.

PECO reported more than 429,000 customers without power Thursday in the five-county Philadelphia region, down from a high of more than 600,000. FirstEnergy is reporting more than 50,000 customers without power, most of them in York County. PPL is reporting almost 20,000, almost all of them in Lancaster County.

PECO spokesman Ben Armstrong said the company hopes to restore power to most customers by Friday night, but some will be without service into Sunday and perhaps Sunday night. He said trees and tree limbs falling onto wires are still causing new outages.

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