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      Homes still without power in Cameron, Willacy Counties

      Thousands of homes and businesses are still without electricity more than 36 hours after Tropical Storm Hermine tore through the Rio Grande Valley.

      According to the latest figures from AEP, some 2,214 of its customers in Cameron County were still without power as of 4 p.m. Wednesday.

      Another 1,082 homes and businesses in Willacy County still remain without power.

      Some 117 customers were without power in Hidalgo County were without power due to Wednesday afternoon storms, not Tropical Storm Hermine.

      AEP company officials said they are aware of the continuing power outages.

      The company said the outages are primarily in the Harlingen area but include Los Fresnos, Olmito, Rancho Viejo, South Padre Island, Port Mansfield, Santa Rosa and San Benito.

      A company spokesman said 95% of these homes and businesses will have power by midnight.

      But he said there will be additional delays in restoring power in areas where additional construction is needed.

      Those hot spots affected will not be back on until late Thursday.

      The company has hired 58 outside contractors and 40 tree trimmers to assist in the restoration efforts.

      Action 4 News is touring neighborhoods without power. We'll have the latest information during our 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts.