Power restoration continues after tornadoes rip through state

Nine percent of Oxford remained without power on Monday. (WFSB)

Power was largely restored in areas hardest hit by last Tuesday's tornadoes but there are still many who remain without power.

Eversource said the damage from the storm surpassed that of storm Sandy in 2012.

Power was back on at Oxford High School on Monday morning; however, it wasn't for 4 percent of the rest of the town by the evening.

Many roads also remained blocked.

That forced officials to close schools for yet another day. A decision on when students could return to class could come later on Monday.

Eversource said it tried to get the power back on by last night for most customers. Its new estimate is by midnight, except for those homes and businesses that were too badly damaged and will require additional work to safely restore electricity.

Veteran utility workers described the damage as the worst they had ever seen.

Oxford was one of the towns hit by one of three confirmed tornado touchdowns, according to the National Weather Service. A fourth contact was also confirmed, but was on the Barkhamsted Reservoir.

At one point after the storms wrapped up, more than 150,000 customers were without power.

As of Monday evening, that number was down to about 4,000 for Eversource, mostly in New Fairfield and Brookfield.

For United Illuminating customers, only 139 were powerless, mostly in Hamden.

Eversource said Sandy's strongest winds were 85 mph. Tuesday's tornadoes had 110 mph winds.

It also said Sandy broke nearly 1,700 utility poles. More than 1,800 broke last week.

Finally, Eversource revealed than Sandy brought down 105 miles of power lines. After Tuesday, 288 miles of lines were down, which is twice the length of the State of Connecticut.

Tuesday's storm caused more damage to the system than Superstorm Sandy:•Sandy: strongest wind 85 mph. May 15: 110 mph.•Sandy: nearly 1,700 broken poles. May 15: more than 1,800.•Sandy: 105 miles of line down. May 15: 288 miles of line down (twice the length of CT). pic.twitter.com/ujsoPsh6gS— Eversource CT (@EversourceCT) May 20, 2018

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