Feb 8 Pepco, a unit of Pepco Holdings Inc , has restored service to about 50,000 Washington, D.C. homes and businesses that lost power earlier on Friday after a tree hit a transmission line, according to the power company's website.
With the return of the Pepco customers, utilities in the U.S. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic said there were only about 10,000 customers out from New England to the Carolinas due to the massive blizzard pummeling the area.
About half of the current outages - estimated at 4,700 - are on Long Island, New York, where the state-owned Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is the electric utility company.
Weather forecasters say the storm could drop up to three feet (nearly one meter) of snow in parts of New England over the next couple of days.
Earlier on Friday, Pepco spokesman Bob Hainey told Reuters a tree fell on a major transmission line, affecting four substations and knocking out power to some 50,000 customers.
"It's not clear if it was related to the storm," Hainey said.
UPDATE 1-Germany sells two-year debt at record low yield in safety rush
LONDON, Sept 28 Germany sold two-year bonds at a record low yield on Wednesday as concerns about the health of the European financial industry kept demand high for debt seen as a safe haven.
WRAPUP 1-Germany denies preparing Deutsche Bank rescue plan
* Low interest rates, litigation taking their toll (Wraps earlier stories on Deutsche Bank)