Power restoration nears finish in NJ, NY, but damaged homes still unable to get electricity

NEW YORK - The lights are back on in many homes and businesses in New York and New Jersey that lost power during Superstorm Sandy and Wednesday's nor'easter.

   In New York City and neighboring suburban Westchester County, Con Edison says it has restored electricity to 98 percent of homes and businesses. About 20,000 customers remain powerless, down from a peak of more than 1 million.

   The figures do not include tens of thousands of homes too damaged to juice up, but all homes on hard-hit Staten Island that can accept electricity have regained power.

   On New York's Long Island, progress has been slower. The Long Island Power Authority says nearly 146,000 homes and businesses still didn't have power.

   In New Jersey, more than 100,000 customers are without power, most of them along the coast. That's down from 2.7 million at the height of the storm. Most service is expected to be restored by tonight.

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