BERLIN, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut Light & Power says it is making significant progress in restoring power after the severe thunderstorms of earlier this week.

As of 10 a.m. on Saturday, the utility said about 20,000 customers were still without electricity, down from 185,000 outages in the immediate aftermath of the violent storms on Thursday.

CL&P vice president Bill Quinlan says the company is pleased with the progress, but is working as quickly and as safely as possible to restore all customers.

The utility says more than 500 crews remain at work, including some brought in from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Meanwhile, the state Department of Environmental Protection says Burr Pond State Park in Torrington is closed for the weekend because it has no power. Also closed are Mashamoquet Brook State Park in Pomfret and Sqantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield.
Information from: The Hartford Courant,

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