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UI: 99 percent of customers to have power back by Tuesday

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ORANGE, CT (WFSB) -

Officials from United Illuminating detailed their power restoration efforts at the operations center in Orange Monday afternoon.

UI officials were expecting to restore power to 95 percent of their customers before midnight Monday. As of 2:30 p.m., there are 7,975 customers or 2.49 percent without power.

By the end of Monday, 98 percent of customers are expected to have power back.

"That means we hit our target," said UIL Holdings Corporation CEO James P. Torgerson, which is the parent company for UI.

Power has been restored to more than 240,000 UI customers, and about 99 percent of customers should have power back by Wednesday, Torgerson said.

"We are going to continue to work night and day to get them all back," he said.

If an UI customer does not have power back by Wednesday, the individual is asked to call UI.

All polling stations in the UI service territory have had power restored. All UI employees will have the ability to vote Tuesday, Torgerson said.

As of Monday, there were more than 2,000 customers who cannot have power restored because of safety reasons. Torgerson said those homes are no longer there or the town has tagged their service.

"We'll work with them," he said. "Once they get signed off by the inspector, we'll get power back to them as soon as we possibly can."

All utility companies from across the country have been providing crews to Connecticut and all the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. CEOs from all the companies have been on conference calls each night to help with the restoration process.

"It has been a team effort for the utility industry," Torgerson said. "I cannot emphasize enough the great job our employees are doing."

Torgerson said it cost UI about $25 million to pay for the restoration during Hurricane Irene and estimated the cleanup from Hurricane Sandy to cost between $35 million to $45 million.

UI officials said their crews are prepared for the nor'easter that could hit the East Coast and Connecticut later this weekend.

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

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