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CL&P Still Pushing For 99 Percent Power Restoration By Sunday

The utility has stepped up its restoration efforts and says it is sticking to its goal that it will be able to return power to almost all customers by sometime Sunday.

Connecticut Light & Power said that it had restored more than 120,000 customers in the past 24 hours, as of 7 a.m. Thursday morning, and that it would have a total of almost 1,500 tree and line crews working throughout the state to restore power Thursday. 

Still, nearly 433,000 CL&P customers remained in the dark Thursday, or about 35 percent of its total customers throughout the state, but the utility's president said it was sticking to its goal of almost total restoration by sometime Sunday. 

“We understand the severity of this situation and still expect to have 99 percent of our customers back on line by Sunday night," CL&P President Jeff Butler said in a press release Thursday morning. "With additional crews coming in today, we expect to continue to make steady progress." 

According to estimate information available on its website, CL&P estimates that 99 percent of Manchester residents will have power restored by 11:59 p.m. Sunday. 

As of approximately 10:15 a.m. Thursday morning, CL&P was reporting that 17,026 electrical customers out of 28,644 in Manchester, or roughly 84 percent, were still without power. Click here to see CL&P’s full outage map.

How do you think CL&P is handling its response to this surprise fall snowstorm? Click  to participate in a Patch Poll about the subject, and feel free to add your comments below. 

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