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Aug 15, 2011 7:55 AM

Tens Of Thousands Still Without Power In Louisville

LOUISVILLE Classes have been canceled on what was to be the first day of the new school year in Louisville after an intense storm knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers, including several schools.

Shortly after the storm hit late Saturday afternoon, Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities reported 119,000 customers lost electricity in Jefferson County and those surrounding it. There were still more than 42,000 in the dark Sunday night, according to The Courier-Journal.

LG&E Vice President Chris Hermann said it could take "a number of days" to repair all the damage because the outages are widespread. Utility crews from Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Michigan, West Virginia and Alabama are helping the local utility restore power.

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