Almost a quarter million homes and businesses across Ohio are still without power, one week after a huge storm blacked out large swaths of the state. The remnants of Hurricane Ike battered Ohio last Sunday, knocking out electrical service for 2.6 million customers. Duke Energy officials insist electricity will be restored to customers in the southwest corner of the state by weekend's end. About 85,000 of their customers remain without power today. American Electric Power reports about 77,000 customers still have no power. In northeastern Ohio, FirstEnergy reports hundreds still without power. Dayton Power and Light says about 59,000 customers are without electricity. They plan to have service restored by tomorrow to 90 percent of the 300,000 households that lost power September 14th.
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