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Winter storm causes travel nightmares, power outages

November 16, 2018
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A pedestrian sloshes through the slush on Spruce Street in downtown Scranton, Pa., on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. The first snowstorm of the season caused havoc around Pennsylvania, downing trees and power lines and causing a travel nightmare, including for some drivers who were stuck for 12 hours on a snowy interstate. (Butch Comegys/The Times-Tribune via AP)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The first snowstorm of the season caused havoc around Pennsylvania, downing trees and power lines and causing a travel nightmare, including for some drivers who were stuck for 12 hours on a snowy interstate.

Thursday’s storm brought traffic to a standstill in many areas as drivers and road crews tried to keep up with the stronger-than-expected weather system.

About 77, 000 customers in western Pennsylvania are still without power Friday afternoon. Butler County was particularly hard hit, with 35,000 outages. Warming stations are open in several communities.

West Penn Power says service might not be restored until late Sunday night in some areas.

The wintry weather caused havoc on a 30-mile stretch of Interstate 78, with numerous vehicles getting stuck for several hours from the Lehigh Valley to the New Jersey state line. Police had to wake up drivers who’d fallen asleep.

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