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Sandy Damage in PA hits $16 Million

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The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency says the state's damage from superstorm Sandy in Pennsylvania tops $16 million.

PEMA spokeswoman Ruth Miller said Wednesday that the agency's staff continues to compile damage cost estimates that are still being reported.

The Pennsylvania figure is dwarfed by the billions of dollars in damage being reported in New Jersey and New York, but is in line with several other states that sustained damage.

State utility regulators say more than 1.5 million customers in the eastern half of the state lost power at some point after the storm struck on Oct. 30. Flooding was relatively minor, while downed trees and power lines blocked hundreds of roads.

The state Department of Transportation says its damage estimate is $6 million.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.