Storm leaves close to 800,000 without power in CT

As many communities throughout Connecticut begin to recover from the unprecedented snowstorm yesterday, close to 800,000 customers are still without power this morning. Connecticut Light

NORWALK - As many communities throughout Connecticut begin to recover from the unprecedented snowstorm yesterday, close to 800,000 customers are still without power this morning.

Connecticut Light & Power reported that the hardest-hit areas were the north central and northwest corners of the state.

As of 9:30 a.m., CL&P reported more than 770,000 outages and United Illuminating has more than 25,000.

The historic storm, which had record-breaking damage, came at an unfortunate time of the year: the leaves still on the trees increased the ability of the snow and ice to cling, resulting in downed trees.

Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.) held a news conference with the utility companies this morning and said customers may not get electricity back for a week.

While the damage of yesterday's storm was not as bad as Hurricane Irene, utility companies explained that damage assessment will be a labor-intensive task because of the large number of downed trees in the road. VIDEO: Gov. Malloy's news conference on nor'easter Weather Center Watch News 12 Traffic and Weather Watch News 12 MyPics CL&P United Illuminating

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