Kentucky Governor says 550,000 were without power

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Gov. Steve Beshear says that more than a half-million Kentuckians have been without power due to high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ike that hit the state Sunday.

That was at the peak of the outages last night.

The governor called it the biggest outage on record in Kentucky. The storms downed trees and power lines as winds reaching up to 70 miles per hour pounded the state. Many schools were closed Monday because of the lack of electricity.

Beshear says 90 percent of Duke Energy's customers in northern Kentucky were without power Sunday night.

He said damage from the winds were reported in half of the state's 120 counties.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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