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Nearly 700,000 without power in U.S. Midwest after storms

Nov 18 (Reuters) - Almost 700,000 homes and businesses in

the U.S. Midwest were without power Monday morning following

severe thunderstorms Sunday night, according to local power


Michigan was the hardest-hit state with more than 540,000

customers out.

DTE Energy Co, the biggest power company in the

state, said it has about 275,000 customers out and expects it to

take several days to restore service to all homes and


Other hard-hit states include Illinois, Indiana, Ohio,

Missouri, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The following table lists other major outages.

Power Holding Company State Out Now

DTE MI 275,000

CMS MI 232,100

AEP MI 36,300

Ameren IL 28,000

Duke IN 25,600

AEP IN 25,100

Exelon IL 15,000

FirstEnergy OH 13,200

NiSource IN 11,500

Ameren MO 7,000

AEP OH 6,500

AES IN 4,800

AEP WV 4,500

FirstEnergy PA 4,400

FirstEnergy WV 1,300

Total 690,300