FREDERICK, Md. (WJLA) - The howls of winter echoed Wednesday throughout Frederick, Maryland - a city now littered with tree limbs. Thousands remain without electricity or heat in the area, after branches coated with ice toppled onto power lines following an overnight ice storm.
Rick Kenyon is heading off to work just to take a shower. When he returns, he will have to consider the damage to his roof:
"The tree across the street fell down and blocked the road, and then another tree at the neighbor's fell onto my house. I don't think there's a lot of damage, but we'll have to see."
Potomac Electric officials say power outages are so widespread in the region that the utility company cannot provide restoration estimates at this point. They will only say residents should prepare to be without power for days.
"We've been pretty lucky," says Tim Daniel. "This is the first time living in Frederick that we've had a major outage. We're dealing with it."
Daniel invited his neighbor Ed Hinde over for dinner and some conversation - surrounded by as many candles as he could find.
"I don't recall having an ice storm like this," says Hinde. "My next door neighbor who has lived here all his life said this afternoon when we were comparing notes that this is the worst he's ever seen it.".
Now, the worry turns over to the wind. Strong gusts are expected to plague the area, sending even more trees to the ground.