Ameren: Illinois outages winnowed to few hundred

UNDATED (AP) -- Ameren says only a few hundred customers in Illinois are still without power, two days after Hurricane Ike's windy remnants left tens of thousands of outages in the state.

Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris says that about 100 homes and businesses are without electricity around Carbondale, with about 95 outages near Metropolis and another 77 around Jonesboro.

The St. Louis-based utility says there were 49,000 Illinois outages at the storm's peak.

The storm dumped several inches of rain in many areas and high winds knocked down trees and power lines. But meteorologists say the weather will be better the rest of the week, with no rain expected and highs in the 70s through much of the state.

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

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