COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland says about 2 million customers in the state are without power in the wake of high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ike.
Strickland also has declared a state of emergency, which will allow the Ohio Department of Transportation to help local communities remove debris from roads.
Hurricane-force winds of up to 78 mph blew through Ohio on Sunday, causing damage in 84 of the state's 88 counties. At least four people who were hit by toppled trees or branches were killed. A fifth person was electrocuted working on a generator Monday.
Strickland says it will take days to restore power in all areas of the state.