Alabama Power president says damage historic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Power President Charles McCrary says the company expects to have power restored by the end of the day Wednesday to 95 percent of its customers who can receive service.

Alabama Power had more than 412,000 customers without power at the peak of the storm. Alabama Power vice president Danny Glover says the damage was greater than hurricanes Katrina and Opal. The company had 3,000 utility poles snapped, more than 100 electric transmission structures damaged and five substations destroyed.

Alabama Power reports it has restored service to about half the customers who lost power in Wednesday's storms. The state's largest electric utility says crews have come from 10 other states to help and 6,300 people are working to restore service to its customers.

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