Connecticut may be one of the last areas to have power fully restored

Operators of the regional power grid, say southern Connecticut will be one of the last areas to have "full" power restored. According to the Web site for Northeast Utilities, nearly 224,000 customers were without power at 11 p.m. Thursday. Fairfield County and Connecticut shoreline towns appeared to be the hardest hit areas.

A spokesman for United Illuminating Co., which serves about 318,000 customers in the New Haven and Bridgeport areas, said about 30,000 residents were without power.

Governor Rowland asked residents to be cooperative, patient and check on elderly residents. The governor also wants residents to conserve energy.

Rowland estimated as many as 5,000 Connecticut residents were stranded in New York at some point. Metro North says that train service will not be available for the Friday morning rush hour, so commuters should arrange carpooling plans, or try to work from home.

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