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Conn. Shoreline Residents Waiting for Power

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WGGB) — Our neighbors in Connecticut are still dealing with widespread power outages –especially along the shoreline.

Tonight, almost 500,000 residents are still without power.

“I’ve seen power lines down, a couple of power poles down too, a few tangled wires,” says Keywon Strickland of East Haven. “There’s a lot going on, I guess it’s pretty bad.”

His co-worker Tori Guida is also without power.

“I don’t know how people did it way back when, I wanted to rip my hair out, it’s so boring,” says Guida.

Up and down the streets of East Haven, it looks like residents are recovering from a pretty wild night.

Hurricane Sandy’s violent winds whipped the coastal town, toppling trees and tearing down power lines.

This afternoon, almost 70 percent of homes and businesses in East Haven were still without power, including South Shore Wine and Spirits.

“I think they think, no matter what happens, we’ll be open,” says owner Donald Hepler. “And honestly, I’d like to be.”

Hepler adds, “I don’t have a generator because you don’t have many times where you use it, but it’s just a safety issue and you can’t let people in a dark store, and I don’t have any way to ring them up, so we’ll hope the power comes on soon.”

While no one wants to weather back-to-back hurricanes like Irene and Sandy, Hepler says at least residents learned their lesson and took this year’s warning seriously.

“This year, there were more people saying, ‘I’m getting out,’ than last year,” says Hepler. “Last year was sort of, ‘Yeah, how bad could it be?’ Well we found out, and this year people respected it, I think.”

But until the lights come back on, not everyone is counting their blessings.

“I want it to come back on now,” say Guida. “I’m not going to lie, I miss my power.”

UI and CL&P have crews working around the clock to restore power as soon as possible.

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