8th Day Could Be Last Day for Connecticut Power Outage

By: From CBS News, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From CBS News, Posted by Ralph Hipp

HARTFORD, Connecticut (CBS/ AP) -- The head of Connecticut's largest utility said it will get close to its goal of restoring power to 99 percent of its customers Sunday, eight days after a rare October snowstorm battered the region.

Connecticut Light & Power President Jeffrey Butler said they understand residents' frustration and are working as quickly and safely as possible.

The utility's projections Sunday say the last restorations could occur as late as Wednesday.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he has been skeptical for days of CL&P's goal of 99 percent restoration by midnight Sunday. He says Connecticut is preserving its legal options, but that it was too soon to say if any basis might exist for court action.

The outages were the legacy of a storm that cut power that hit the Northeast last weekend, coated trees with heavy snow, and brought down limbs and power lines in several states.

More than three million customers lost power, with more than 830,000 in Connecticut alone. More than 114,000 in the state remained without power Sunday.

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