Two Accidents Raise Blackout Toll to 26

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  • BALTIMORE (AP) — The Mid-Atlantic region is struggling to get back to normal after deadly, power-cutting storms and sweltering heat.

    And the death toll blamed on storms and the ensuing blackout across the eastern U.S. is now at 26 after two accidents in Virginia.

    Utility and municipal crews worked through the July 4 holiday to restore power and remove downed tree limbs.

    Pepco said it had restored power to 90 percent of those affected by last week's storms in D.C. and two Maryland suburbs, beating its own estimate for getting the lights and more importantly, the air conditioning back on. BGE said about 78,000 customers in central Maryland remained without power.

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