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RI gov pushing National Grid on power restoration

WARREN, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor says he is pushing National Grid to "really hustle" to restore power to the tens of thousands of customers.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he hopes Wednesday is a "good day" for National Grid as it works around the clock to restore electricity to the 50,000 customers still in the dark.

Chafee and members of the congressional delegation continued their tour Wednesday of areas damaged by Sandy. They visited the Wharf Tavern in Warren, flooded by several feet of water. Workers were making repairs and some rooms were being aired out, but the owner said the state health department gave him the green light to reopen for lunch.

Communities on the state's southern coast were the hardest hit by Sandy.

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