NEW YORK (AP) — Utilities are still scrambling to restore power to the millions of homes and businesses left in the dark by Hurricane Irene.
Of the almost 8 million who lost power, more than half are still waiting for it to be restored.
Irene smashed power poles, ripped transmission wires and flooded electrical stations over thousands of square miles from the Carolinas to Maine.
The storm ranks among the worst in terms of power outages. A utility spokesman in Connecticut says the damage is "just unprecedented."
New Jersey's largest utility says thousands of homes lost power when electrical substations flooded. The stations will remain offline until crews can pump out the water and dry the equipment.
In Vermont, more than 37,000 people are without power, and officials say it could take weeks to get it back on.
The 7.9 million homes and businesses that lost power over the weekend are nearly the double the number of outages from the last hurricane to make landfall in the United States.
(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)