Almost 1 million customers lose power in U.S. Northeast

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A tractor-trailer waits for a tree to be removed from Pa. 233 South in Fayetteville, Pa., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Another winter storm brought ice an snow to the region. Many trees and wires fell victim to the storm. (AP Photo/Pyublic Opinion, Markell DeLoatch)

(Reuters) - Almost a million homes and businesses were without power mostly in the U.S. Northeast on Wednesday afternoon following severe snow and ice storms overnight, according to local power companies.

The hardest hit state was Pennsylvania with over 720,000 customers out.

Other affected states were Maryland, Arkansas, New Jersey, West Virginia, Kentucky, Delaware, New York and Ohio.

(Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Rosalind Russell and Andre Grenon)