Katrina Hampers Phone Service Throughout South

UNDATED (AP) - Gulf coast residents are still asking: Can you hear me now?

For a second day, power outages and flooding from Hurricane Katrina have kept call-routing equipment, network cables and cellular transmitters out of commission. And that means no phone service for thousands in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and parts of Florida.

Verizon, SprintNextel, Cingular Wireless and BellSouth all reported trouble throughout the region.

BellSouth, the dominant local phone provider for the areas hit by Katrina, confirms that more than 73,000 customers in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi are without service. That figure is expected to rise.