Crews rush to restore power after Irene slams East
Aug 29, 2011 6:38:00 PM - thestate.com
Utilities scrambled Monday to restore power to more than 4 million customers still left in the dark by Hurricane Irene.
Power companies already have the lights back on for almost half the 8 million homes and businesses that lost electricity over the weekend. But in areas of severe damage, it could take weeks for power to be fully restored.
Repair crews have struggled to get around uprooted trees, broken bridges and flooding left by Irene.
The storm smashed power poles, ripped transmission wires and flooded electrical stations over thousands of square miles as it whipped north from South Carolina to Maine. Most of damage came from downed trees. At least 38 people in 11 states died in the storm.
Northern cities were still surveying the damage. The storm ranks among the worst in terms of power outages. Vermont experienced the worst flooding in generations. Parts of New Jersey were cut off by swollen rivers. Half of Connecticut Light & Power customers were in the dark.
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