More Ohio utility customers seeing light

CINCINNATI (AP) - Much of Ohio is returning to normal as power companies work to restore electricity by the end of the weekend to the remaining 347,000 homes and businesses left in the dark by the remnants of Hurricane Ike.

Utilities also urge patience as they move from fixing larger circuits to smaller ones, which can slow the pace of repairs. They also caution customers to be alert to any lingering hazards, such as downed lines.

Companies say it's too soon to assess costs from the outage or how costs may affect customers. About 2.6 million lost power after hurricane-force winds swept through the Ohio Valley on Sunday. At least seven of the 56 deaths blamed on the hurricane were in Ohio.

About 164,000 homes and businesses in Kentucky, Indiana and Pennsylvania remain without power.

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