- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

A wide swath of Pennsylvania is without power after a severe winter storm blanketed trees and electrical lines with a layer of ice.


The latest on the storm’s aftermath:

-POWER OUTAGES: Pennsylvania, 436,000 (Thursday night); Maryland, 53,000 (late Thursday afternoon).

-WEATHER FORECAST: Overnight lows will barely climb out of the single digits in parts of the state in the coming days, with a possibility for snow later in the day on Sunday. Daytime highs should be in the 20s or low 30s into the start of next week.

-DISASTER PROCLAMATION: Gov. Tom Corbett signed a disaster emergency proclamation Wednesday, giving state agencies the ability to use all available resources and personnel. Normal bid and contract procedures are temporarily waived.

-LOANED GENERATORS: Corbett said a truckload of portable generators are being sent to Pennsylvania from the federal government.

-SAFETY FIRST: Officials warned about the safe use of space heaters, particularly the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Dr. Donna Seger, a professor of emergency medicine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning aren’t widely recognized by either the medical community or the general public. “You don’t think about it because you can’t see it, you don’t really know anybody that’s been sick from it,” she said, though in fact carbon monoxide can cause serious memory loss.

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