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United Illuminating Releases Power-Restoration Projection

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Electric repairs (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ United Illuminating says it expects to restore power to 95 percent of its customers before midnight on Monday.

Connecticut’s second largest utility made the promise Thursday morning as 107,280 customers were still without power, three days after Superstorm Sandy pounded the Northeast. The number of customers without power represents about 34 percent of the utility’s customers.

Connecticut Light & Power reported that 237,385 customers were without electricity Thursday morning. The state’s largest utility has promised by Thursday to say when it expects to restore electricity to most customers.

Total outages in Connecticut fell by more than one-fourth in 24 hours. It’s still not fast enough for some local officials who are complaining about the pace as frustration rises among some residents and businesses, particularly as unusually warm autumn weather ends.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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