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Irene's power outages surpass Gloria's

Published August 28. 2011 10:53AM   Updated August 28. 2011 3:17PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's largest power utility says it has surpassed an outage record set by Hurricane Gloria in 1985 with close to half a million customers losing power.


Connecticut Light & Power said in a Twitter message that the record fell Sunday morning as Tropical Storm Irene knocked out power to more than 486,000 customers. The utility serves 1.2 million customers statewide.


Spokesman Dave Radanovich says the previous record for CL&P outages from a single event was 477,000 caused by Gloria.


Another Connecticut power utility, United Illuminating, reported about 75,000 customers without power.


The utilities have said hundreds of crews from as far away as Alabama, Michigan and Quebec are ready to help out in Connecticut.


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