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About 66,000 still without power in Massachusetts as state officials credit utilities with improved response

About 66,000 customers were without power late Wednesday afternoon, down from approximately 400,000 at the height of the storm.

National Grid was reporting about 47,000 remaining outages; NStar had about 19,000 and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. was down to about 630.

National Grid had restored 73 percent of its customers within about 36 hours of peak outages from Sandy, compared with 57 percent after Tropical Storm Irene and 45 percent after the surprise October snowstorm.

NStar had 82 percent of customers back within a day and a half of Sandy’s peak, compared with 66 percent after Irene and 71 percent after the October snowstorm.

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