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