HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Utility crews in Connecticut restored power to more than 80,000 customers in the past 24 hours, dropping the number of outages below 200,000 in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

The two major utilities in the state reported a combined 178,700 outages Friday morning, down from 260,000 Thursday morning and from a peak of 830,000 after Sunday’s storm.

Connecticut and Light & Power reports about 156,000 outages. The worst problems are in eastern Connecticut, where more than 90 percent of customers in some towns still have no electricity. CL&P says it expects the number to drop below 100,000 Saturday night and to nearly zero by midnight Wednesday.

United Illuminating, which serves the Bridgeport and New Haven areas, reports 22,600 outages and says the figure should drop below 10,000 this weekend.

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


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