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Power still out in parts of the East

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Nearly a week after Hurricane Isabel muscled its way ashore, thousands of East Coast residents were still without power — their troubles compounded by a second round of storms.

At least 40,000 customers lost power in Virginia, some for the second time in a week, when tornadoes touched down in the Richmond area Tuesday, part of a weather system that also caused damage in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

As of Wednesday evening, about 440,000 customers in Virginia and North Carolina were still without power, and volunteers continued to make the rounds with food and water.

"There are pockets of indigent people, pockets of elderly people who can't really get around," said Heather Livingston, executive director of the Hampton Roads, Va. chapter of the Red Cross.

She said volunteers are "frustrated. We're all tired. We're doing the best we can."

No serious injuries were reported from the latest round of storms. Isabel has been blamed for at least 40 deaths, 25 of them in Virginia.