HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Power company officials say hundreds of crews are ready to restore electricity after Hurricane Irene hits Connecticut.

Spokesmen for Connecticut Light & Power Co. and The United Illuminating Co. also said Saturday that hundreds more crews from as far away as Alabama, Michigan and Quebec are ready to help out in Connecticut. The total number of crews available for Connecticut is still being compiled.

CL&P and UI officials say crews won’t begin restoring power until conditions are safe. Hurricane-force winds are expected to hit the state Sunday morning.

CL&P serves 1.2 million customers in Connecticut. UI serves 324,000 electricity customers in the New Haven and Bridgeport areas along the shore. State officials say outages from the storm could last several days in some places.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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