HARTFORD - The message from Connecticut?s two power companies tonight was clear: help is on the way. By 11 p.m. Monday, more than 715,000 homes and businesses remained without power across the state. Utility officials pledged to restore power to customers as quickly as they could.

During a news conference with Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.), Connecticut Light & Power President Jeff Butler reported that there were 650 workers repairing lines and fallen trees today.

Tomorrow there should be 845 crew members, but that number does not include workers from United Illuminating.

CL&P also reported that workers from as far as British Columbia will be in Connecticut to help by Nov. 3.