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Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than three days after a wave of violent thunderstorms wreaked havoc in parts of the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic, utility crews had restored electrical service to more than 1 million customers but were working Tuesday morning to turn on the lights - and air-conditioning - at nearly 1.8 million other homes and businesses.

Utilities are warning that many neighborhoods could remain in the dark for much of the week, if not beyond. But public officials and residents are growing impatient.

The wave of late Friday evening storms, called a derecho, moved quickly across the region with little warning. The straight-line winds were just as destructive as any hurricane.

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