WASHINGTON (AP) -- Maryland's governor says restoring electricity has been a challenge because recent storms that hit the eastern U.S. approached without warning, unlike a hurricane.
Gov. Martin O'Malley spoke Sunday morning on CNN's "State of the Union." He says there were 961,000 power outages at one point, but that number has been reduced to 650,000.
The governor says crews are on their way to help from as far away as Florida and Texas. Utility workers are having to untangle downed tree limbs and power lines, which can be a time-consuming task.
When a tropical storm or hurricane hits, officials usually have several days of warning to get extra personnel in place. O'Malley says these storms brought all the impact of a hurricane, but without that warning.