For all the damage Hurricane Ike did along the Gulf Coast, its remnants also left many in the Midwest with big cleanup bills. The Ohio Insurance Institute says it could hit 500 million dollars or more in Ohio, making it one of the state's costliest natural disasters. And that's just a preliminary figure.
The September 14th storm knocked out power for 2.6 million customers in Ohio. Wind reaching 78 miles-per-hour swept across the region, and at least seven of the 56 deaths blamed on Ike -- from Texas to Pennsylvania -- were in Ohio.
The hurricane's remnants also dumped as much as 8 inches of rain on parts of Indiana, Illinois and Missouri, and it spawned a tornado in Arkansas that damaged several buildings. Ohio officials say the storm cost local governments at least 34.5 million dollars. However, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Emergency Management Agency says that estimate is based on reports from less than half the affected counties.
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