Outages are dropping in the Philadelphia region after severe storms knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of people, but nearly 100,000 in the area still lack electricity.

Utility companies were reporting Friday afternoon that about 93,000 homes and businesses in the area were without power.

The outages remain a lingering effect of the Tuesday night thunderstorms that brought rain, wind and lightning to the area, knocking down trees and power lines, with utilities in the middle of a multi-day restoration effort.

Peco said more than 14,000 customers were still without power, mostly in Delaware County, which had about 10,000 outages.

In South Jersey, Atlantic City Electric said there were more than 76,000 outages in its eight-county service area, while PSE&G reported about 1,400 outages.

Gloucester County, where about 37,000 lacked power between the two utilities, was the hardest hit. In Camden County, a combined 24,000 customers were without electricity.

At the height of the storm, about 280,000 Atlantic City Electric customers, 260,000 Peco customers and 130,000 PSE&G customers lost power.

The Friday morning numbers are also a significant improvement from Thursday, when close to 200,000 people continued to lack power for much of the day.

Utility companies said service should be restored to most people Friday.

Peco said most customers should have power back by Friday evening, though will likely be without service through the weekend.

PSE&G was estimating that power should be restored by mid-day Friday.

Atlantic City Electric said most customers should have power again by Friday night, with electricity fully restored by Saturday evening.