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More than 99 percent of UI customers have power back

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Officials from United Illuminating have restored power to more than 99 percent of its customers Tuesday.

UI officials were expected to restore power to 95 percent of their customers before midnight Monday, however they reached that goal by Sunday. As of 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, there are 1,468 customers or 0.46 percent without power.

"We understand that many of our customers have faced significant challenges over the course of the last week, and we appreciate their patience," added James P. Torgerson, president and chief executive officer of UIL Holdings. "We've heard from many of our customers expressing gratitude for the hard work of our employees, contractors and partners. We are all thankful for their support."

At the peak of the storm, there were 250,000 customers without power.

Officials from UI said power restoration is continuing and crews have to address single-service outages.

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

"We'll continue to work relentlessly until the job is done," said Anthony J. Vallillo, UI's president and chief operating officer.

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

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.

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

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