Ike leaves Midwest in the dark after rain, winds

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Facing a third straight day without power, residents across the Midwest are are making sure things like batteries, generators, ice and coolers don't stay on store shelves very long.

The remnants of Hurricane Ike have kept well over a million homes and businesses in the dark this week just in Ohio. In Kentucky, about 300,000 customers are still in the dark, and so are 100,000 customers in Indiana and tens of thousands more in Pennsylvania.

The amount of time it'll take to restore power varies from days to weeks.

The power is back on in Illinois, where concerns focus instead on flooding.

Both the Des Plaines and Illinois rivers have been above flood stage this week, forcing more than a thousand people from their homes.

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


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