REISTERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — About a million Marylanders were without power shortly before the sun came up, similar to the number that lost power in 2003 when Tropical Storm Isabel hit the state.

Edward McDonough, a spokesman for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, says every corner of Maryland got hit in Friday’s thunderstorm.

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By midday, the power outages were down to about 800,000.

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McDonough says one advantage power companies had in dealing with Isabel was a chance to prepare for a predicted hurricane. Crews were on standby from out of state. Even then, it took about a week for everyone to have power restored.

Because of the unexpected nature of this storm and its power, he says it will take “a few days, not a few hours, for people to get power back on.”

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