From the Reading Eagle:

Nearly 30,000 Berks County residents are without electricity after freezing rain brought down trees and wires Sunday morning.

Met-Ed alone has about 24,000 without power, spokeswoman Marybeth Smialek said.

The worst-hit areas are Reading, Boyertown, Hamburg and Ruscombmanor Township, officials said.

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Met-Ed has brought in all its available crews, plus crews from western Pennsylvania and Ohio to work to restore power, she said.

About 5,000 PPL Electric Utilities Corp. customers also are without power, mostly in the Sinking Spring area, according to spokesman James J. Nulton.

Restoring electricity to all customers likely will take days, Smialek said.

More outages may occur as a result of strong winds forecast for the area, she added.

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