Published: Aug 29, 2011 2:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - Utility crews scrambled to restore power after Hurricane Irene raked across the Eastern Seaboard. But even with help from thousands of out-of-state repair crews, power companies say it may be days before some people see the lights back on.
    
Hurricane Irene blacked out more than 7.4 million homes and businesses over the weekend, nearly double the outages from the last hurricane to make landfall in the United States.
    
Irene smashed power poles, ripped transmission wires and flooded electrical stations over thousands of square miles as it whipped north from South Carolina to Maine. Nearly 5 million power customers remain in the dark.

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