HARTFORD - State lawmakers kicked off two days of hearings today on Connecticut's response to Tropical Storm Irene.

Officials from Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating were in attendance. 

It took the companies nine days to restore power to all of their customers after a record number of outages post-Irene. Both companies defended their responses, saying they returned power to those affected one day less than the previous record from Hurricane Gloria.

Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.) also appointed a panel that will review how the state responded to the storm.

Another round of hearings is scheduled for next Monday and will be open to the public.

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