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Power restoration for western, central part of CT expected by Wednesday evening

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Out-of-state crews began arriving in Waterford to help Eversource with power restoration efforts. (WFSB) Out-of-state crews began arriving in Waterford to help Eversource with power restoration efforts. (WFSB)
Homeowners on Four Mile Road in West Hartford complained of a lack of power on Tuesday. (@dogwhisperer0/iWitness) Homeowners on Four Mile Road in West Hartford complained of a lack of power on Tuesday. (@dogwhisperer0/iWitness)
At one point, most of Hebron was in the dark following Sunday into Monday's storm. (WFSB) At one point, most of Hebron was in the dark following Sunday into Monday's storm. (WFSB)
WATERFORD, CT (WFSB) -

As of about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a little more than 43,400 customers remain without power throughout the state between the Eversource and United Illuminating companies.

Eversource said that 200 additional crews from Florida, Ohio, Alabama, Tennessee and New York have been arriving to help with restoration efforts.

It said a convoy of 30 lineworkers from New York arrived in Waterford by Tuesday afternoon with dozens more expected later in the day and on Wednesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, Eversource officials said they project customers in the western and central parts of the state to be restored by Wednesday at 6 p.m.

"Areas in eastern Connecticut and along the coast, where restoration includes rebuilding portions of the electric system, will be restored by Thursday, November 2, 2017, at noon. We are providing this information so that our customers can make plans for their families, homes, and businesses," Eversource said in a release.

To see their full release, click here.

The crews have been making repairs all over the state since Sunday's storm.

"We started reaching out as soon as the storm was hitting,” said Frank Poirot.

Even though Eversource and its predecessor CL&P spent tens of millions trimming and removing trees and vegetation since Superstorm Sandy, Eversource’s Frank Piriot said the high winds weakened many trees.

"And it was made worse by the large amounts of rain that weakened the root systems of the trees that were coming down,” Piriot said.

A staging area was set up for out of state crews in Waterford at the Crystal Mall. They'll be working 16 hours on and 8 hours off and will be debriefed and assigned each day.

"We're talking about dispatching crews up to Glastonbury and the areas around Glastonbury as well as areas closer by like Ledyard, Montville and other areas that were the hardest hit by this storm," Piriot said.

In West Hartford on Tuesday morning, homeowners on Four Mile Road in said they remain without power, though the vast majority of the town had been restored.

A photo snapped by a Channel 3 viewer showed police tape stretching across the road in front of a massive tree that had toppled onto some lines.

Trick-or-treating has been postponed in Ledyard until Friday.

The town's mayor said the reason was all of the power lines that are down in many places. Fifty-four percent of the town was still powerless as of about 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

See more photos of the storm's damage here.

In Glastonbury, crews said they are projecting full restoration to be completed by Thursday. As of Tuesday evening, 1,468 customers were without power.

"We have made several requests to prioritize certain areas of town that present safety hazards, including Bell Street, and are working with Eversource to provide relief and tree/wire removal to this and similar areas as soon as possible," Eversource said in a press release.

About 38 percent of the town of Hebron was without power on Tuesday afternoon, more than a day after a vicious storm ripped through the state.

Homeowners told Channel 3 that the lights are slowly coming back on.

Traffic and streetlights on main roads have been activated; however, it was still pretty dark on the secondary roads on Tuesday morning.

Channel 3 had been driving around in the Early Warning Weather Tracker Tuesday morning, seeing a number of roads blocked by tape and debris like tree branches and fallen leaves.

Trees came tumbling down Sunday night into Monday and power lines were knocked out. At one point, the majority of Hebron was without power. 

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