FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Hotels are full, and Frederick County is keeping a shelter open into a second night as power crews battle to restore power across areas that continued to be plagued by power outages in the wake of Wednesday's ice storm.
"We hope to have the vast majority of our customers restored by the end of the day Friday," said James Sears, President of Potomac Edison's Maryland Operations Thursday afternoon.
As of late Thursday, at least 15,000 Frederick County customers remained without power.
Because hotels are full, Frederick County plans to keep an emergency shelter open at its Department of Aging through at least 8:00 p.m. Thursday and will assess then whether to stay open all night if there is demand, according to county spokesman Robin Santangelo.
Ice still clings to trees at the county's higher elevations making restoration work more difficult, Sears said.
Potomac Edison has at least 1,000 additional workers assisting its 425 employees who are repairing damaged power lines in six Maryland Counties and the West Virginia panhandle.
At its peak, more than 100,000 Potomac Edison customers were in the dark. That is one-third of all the utility's customers, Sears said.