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MARLBOROUGH - Days after gusty winds tore through the state, the effects of it are still being felt.

Downed trees and power lines made some roads impassable. Saturday morning, dozens of customers were still without power.

"I had to use flashlights cause we live in an old house and don't have a generator," said Mack Buckley of Marlborough. "You have to have a lantern or a flashlight to read and it's very boring because there's nothing to do."

In a press release, Eversource Vice President of Electric Operations Michael Hayhurst said "The fierce winds with this storm caused widespread power outages, affecting all of the 149 communities we serve in Connecticut. We have hundreds of line and tree workers spread out across the state working to get those remaining customers back on. We know how tough it is for them to be without power and won’t stop until every customer has it restored.”

A large tree blocked part of Lake Ridge Road, an area neighbors say is used to losing power for days when a storm hits.

"Hurricane Sandy, the Halloween snow storm, we're always without power for about a week," said Kurt Filosa of Marlborough.

The town's new Community Emergency Response team opened a warming center at Town hall for those without power. People were welcomed to keep warm, charge their devices or even make a meal.

Some of the largest outages are in eastern Connecticut communities, including Canterbury, East Haddam and Killingly.  Eversource says it's being aided by Eversource crews from Massachusetts and other utilities from New York, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

Eversource has gotten the number of outages down to around only 500 as of 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Eversource warns that many of the remaining outages are complex or the result of extensive damage, and it will take longer to restore those customers.

Connecticut's next largest utility, United Illuminating, serves seventeen towns from Fairfield to North Branford. UI had completed restoration to all but a handful of customers by Friday night.

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