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Nearly a million customers lost power in ice storm

ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly a million homes and businesses in Georgia lost power after a storm blanketed the region with snow and ice, but most had power restored by Friday morning.

Georgia utility companies said a total of 989,400 customers lost power in the wake of this week’s storm. About 175,000 customers were still without service Friday morning.

In the east Georgia town of Millen -- an area hard-hit by power outages -- authorities say a 5-year-old girl died early Friday after a candle sparked a fire in her home, which had lost power. Glenn Allen, a spokesman for the state fire marshal’s office, says the girl’s parents are both hospitalized for burns and smoke inhalation.

Gov. Nathan Deal said roughly 175,000 people in Georgia remain without power.



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