Thousands still without power, water after tornadoes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Thousands in the Dayton area are still without power and water for a third day as heavy equipment cleared storm debris left after the wave of Memorial Day tornadoes.

Dayton Power & Light said Thursday that more than 22,000 customers were still without electricity. The utility said 750 extra crew members from six states are helping out, doubling the usual number on the job.

Free bottled water is being distributed at stations throughout the area and shelters are open where residents can shower. The city lifted water boil-advisories Thursday.

Many businesses remained closed, including the sprawling Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek.

At least 17 twisters were confirmed in Ohio Monday night and early Tuesday, including several in the Dayton area that were responsible for the heavy damage.

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This story has been updated to correct storms to tornadoes, not hurricanes.

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