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    Power has been restored to most PECO customers throughout the region. But with another winter storm approaching, how long will that last? NBC10's George Spencer has the details. (Published Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014)

    It took more than one week but on Wednesday morning PECO announced that they were finally restoring power to the last customer left in the dark by a massive ice storm.

    Nine days after the ice storm struck, that last home would hopefully be back online.

    PECO didn’t say where the home is located but did say that it was the last storm-related outage in the region. Some other scattered outages in the area Wednesday morning were caused by other issues, according to the utility.

    With a nor’easter headed this way, crews from other towns planned to stay in the area in case they would be needed.

    PECO spokesman Ben Armstrong told NBC10.com that the utility hoped the coming storm, which could dump one foot or more of snow in some areas, is more like the snowstorm early last week than the ice storm that hit midweek.

    “We had about 60,000 customers impacted by that heavy wet snow,” said Armstrong.

    That is a far cry from the 715,000 customers knocked out by the ice.

    The Cox family of Glenside, Pa. only got their power back Tuesday night.

    “It was so cold in here that you could hear the plaster cracking and the paint cracking,” said Barbara Cox.

    The Cox family like many others stockpiled blankets and food in hopes they wouldn’t need to use them in the aftermath of the coming storm.