Irene outages drop to 215K - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Irene outages drop to 215K

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BERLIN, CT (WFSB) -

Power outages dropped to 215,000 on Thursday, down from more than 800,000 utility customers who were left in the dark after Tropical Storm Irene.

Officials at Connecticut Light & Power said at a press conference that outages dropped to 215,000 on Thursday.

There are 1,280 line and tree crews working around the clock in the state, and 241 more are on their way. 

Walter Stefanovics lost everything. He and his wife put their heart and soul into their Killingworth bakery.

All they can do now is clean and wait and even when the power finally comes back, they will have to bake for a few days to fill their store again.

"It's a slow season as it is, this can't help," Esma Stefanovics said.

In Clinton, Tom Dawson is running out of places to find food.

"I haven't had Kentucky fried chicken in 20 years. I had Kentucky fried chicken the other night," Dawson said.

Stefanovics said he won't got through this again. He's getting a generator.

"Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but in the near future," he said.

The utility company said it began looking for crews since the storm hit on Saturday and crews are focusing on restoration.

At the storm's peak, more than 672,000 CL&P customers were left without power.

United Illuminating, which serves customers along the shore, reported just more than 39,000 outages, which was down from about 158,000 after the storm.

Both utility companies said they hope to have power restored to most of their customers by Saturday, but warned some outages could last into next week.

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