(Reuters) - More than 2.1 million people from Illinois to Virginia remained without power Monday morning after violent storms struck over the weekend, and a heat wave continued to blanket much of the region.
The storms left more than three million homes and businesses without the power needed to run air conditioners during the heat wave, and claimed at least 15 lives, mostly from falling trees and branches across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.
American Electric Power Co Inc said Monday morning that crews were working to restore power to 465,000 customers in Virginia and West Virginia, 416,000 in Ohio, 52,000 in Indiana and 14,000 in Kentucky.
Ohio-based AEP, which distributes power to 5 million customers in 11 states, said on its website it could take a few days to restore power to all.
Virginia power company Dominion Resources Inc said it still had over 270,000 customers without electricity in its Virginia and North Carolina service areas.