Thousands still without power as cleanup continues

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- About 159,000 homes and businesses in the Louisville area were without power for a fourth day as crews continued to repair damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ike.

Louisville Gas & Electric spokesman Chip Keeling says 142,000 homes and businesses had power restored by 7 a.m. Wednesday. At the peak after Sunday's windstorm, there were just over 300,000 customers without power.

Public and private schools remained closed Wednesday in areas hit by outages.

The number of power outages statewide was not immediately available.

Meanwhile, Gov. Steve Beshear was scheduled to meet with officials in western Kentucky about disaster relief efforts there.

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

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