State Says 32,000 From Largest Utilities Still Out

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A state official says about 32,000 customers of utilities regulated by the state remain without power after a deadly winter storm.

Public Service Commission Andrew Melnykovych says the outage figures available Monday were primarily for customers of Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities. Figures from the Tennessee Valley Authority, rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities were not immediately available.

The number of outages peaked at about 769,000 at the height of the storm, which blew into Kentucky Jan. 27, dropping snow and ice across the state.

State officials have attributed 30 deaths to storm-related causes.

Some 101 counties and 75 cities have declared states of emergency, and President Barack Obama has issued a major disaster declaration for the state.

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