Over 700,000 still powerless in US Southeast after hurricane

The number of homes and businesses without power on Monday after Hurricane Matthew pummeled the Southeast US Atlantic coast over the weekend dropped to 713,500 from a high of 2.2 million on Sunday morning, according to local electric companies.
Matthew, the most powerful Atlantic storm since 2007, was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone on Sunday.
The storm killed 1,000 people in Haiti. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday some Haitian towns and villages had been almost wiped off the map.
Duke Energy Corp said it could take a week to restore power to some customers in the hardest-hit parts of the Carolinas because parts of its electrical system need to be rebuild.
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