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Lights Back On For Thousands After Ala. Storms

Birmingham, AL – Thunderstorms with winds blowing 50 mph and more caused widespread damage Monday and left more than 170,000 power customers without electricity in Alabama. The storms wrecked a marina and spawned an apparent tornado in south Alabama.

Alabama Power Co. says more than 165,000 homes and businesses were in the dark because of damage that occurred from near the Mississippi state line through the Birmingham area. In Huntsville, another 12,000 utility customers lost power.

Alabama Power spokesman Michael Sznajderman says power has been restored to about 45 percent of its customers but more than 92,400 customers were still without power Monday afternoon.

He said an additional 893 workers from surrounding states were helping but some in the hardest hit areas won't have their services restored until Wednesday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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