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As a powerful snowstorm continues to rage through Connecticut, hundreds of thousands of residents are without power tonight.
In Cheshire, Connecticut Light and Power is reporting that 63 percent of customers, which accounts for over 7,000, are without power. High winds and wet, heavy snow have weighed down tree limbs and power lines, cutting off electricity in several areas in town.
Governor Dannel Malloy, who has declared a state of emergency in the state, warned that CL&P crews are currently engaged in "emergency" operations only, which includes handling downed wires and ensuring they pose no danger. There is no timeframe as to when crews will begin restoring power, but both Malloy and CL&P officials warned that it would be "a prolonged period of time" before it is restored.
More snow and high winds are expected to last through the night, though current forecasts are predicting that the heaviest will end on or before midnight tonight.