HARTFORD - Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) announced Monday night that it reached its goal of getting power restored to 99 percent of its customers.

Despite the milestone, some 25,000 customers remained in the dark by 11 p.m. Monday night.

Connecticut faced record power outages after a freak October nor'easter swept through the state nine days ago.

Gov. Daniel Malloy (D-Conn.) announced that the state has kicked off an independent investigation into CL&P?s and United Illuminating's performance to see where they went wrong and why.

CL&P President Jeff Butler defends his company's performance, saying the October nor'easter caused much more damage compared to Hurricane Irene.