UNDATED -- Fewer than 5,000 homes and businesses in far eastern Oklahoma remain without electricity on Tuesday, as utility crews work around the clock to restore service.
Ozarks Electric Cooperative says 4,934 customers still need to be reconnected in Cherokee and Adair counties, with most of those in Adair County.
The co-operative says the damage is so bad, parts of the system can't be repaired, and will have to be rebuilt.
Utility officials are asking for patience.
"We have not forgotten you. We will not rest until all of you have power restored. We understand the hardships this disaster has caused and we know how vital electricity is to your daily lives," said Mitchell Johnson with Ozark Electric Cooperative.
Ozarks Electric Cooperative hopes to be 90 percent powered up by the weekend. Officials say the final 10 percent will take extensive reconstruction to restore electrical service.
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