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CL&P gives updates on power restoration

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WESTPORT, CT (WFSB) -

Officials from Connecticut Light & Power updated the media and public Saturday afternoon on the restoration of power throughout the state following the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Senior Vice President of Emergency Preparedness Bill Quinlan told the media at a CL&P's staging area at Sherwood Island in Westport that the company had reached "a milestone" by getting the outages under 90 percent of customers.

As of 2 p.m., there were 92,866 customers or about 7 percent are still without power.

During a press conference Thursday morning, the state's largest utility said it is estimating 98 percent of customers that remain in the dark will have power restored by Tuesday.

On Saturday, Quinlan said he is pushing to have power restored to all CL&P customers by Monday or Tuesday at the latest.

During the peak of the storm, there are about 500,000 customers without power and as of 12:30 p.m., power has been restored to more than 400,000 customers.

On Saturday afternoon, Quinlan said Northeast Utilities is making all their resources available to CL&P to help with the power restoration in Connecticut. There are over 3,000 line workers and 1,500 tree workers in state as of Saturday, he added.

United Illuminating chose not to hold a press conference to update the media on their restoration efforts. The state's second-largest utility company made the promise to restore power to 95 percent of its customers before midnight Monday.

As of 12:30 p.m., there were 40,559 customers or 12.67 percent without power. About 210,000 customers have had power restored, according to UI officials. 

"Our crews have made significant progress yesterday (Friday) evening and will continue to work around the clock until all customers are restored," said James P. Torgerson, UI's chief executive officer. "We continue to have crews dispersed all over the UI service territory working diligently to restore power."

Quinlan stated that the goal of the CL&P was to first open roads and then restore power to critical facilities such as hospitals and police departments. Now, crews are trying to restore power to areas where a "bulk" number of customers are being affected.

Goal is also to restore power to all 750 polling stations in state, Quinlan said. Currently, all but 14 polling stations have power and all should have power back by Sunday, he added.

"So there is no impact on the elections," Quinlan said.

To check out the outage map from CL&P, click here.

To check out the outage map from UI, click here.

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