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Thousands still without power Saturday night

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NORTH STONINGTON - Eversource crews continue to work into the night to restore power after Friday's storm.

At noon on Saturday, there were still 10,000 customers in the dark. As of 10 p.m. Saturday, that number was down to around 3,200 customers.

According to Eversource, restoration will continue into Sunday morning in Ledyard, Lyme, North Stonington, Preston, Thompson and Voluntown where there was extensive localized damage.

In North Stonington, Eversource customers say they were surprised by the damage and by the length of time they were without power.

“We lost power [Friday] around 2:20 in the afternoon and we didn`t get it until 6 o`clock [Saturday night],” said Loretta Aitken of North Stonington.

“We were contacting friends who had electricity and inviting ourselves over,” she said.

Chris Kinard had power restored earlier in the day Saturday, and acknowledged service crews are working hard. But he said he was frustrated by the lack of communication from Eversource.

Kinard said he was not only without power, but also had no internet or cable plus spotty cell service.

“We started calling [Eversource] about 5 or 6 o`clock [Friday night] to try to get an idea of what was happening and they couldn't tell us anything. They couldn't tell us what the problem was or when it was going to be back on,” said Kinard, whose power was out for around 14 hours.

Eversource representatives say they will have restored power to the majority of customers by Sunday morning.