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Crews aim to restore power for last in RI in dark

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- About 7,800 customers are still without power in Rhode Island after superstorm Sandy, but the state's utility aims to have almost everyone back online by midnight.

National Grid spokesman David Graves says the areas with the most outages are South Kingstown, with 2,000; Charlestown, with 1,700; Hopkinton, with 800; Portsmouth, with 480, many on Prudence Island; and Westerly, with 380.

Graves says 100 crews, or between 200 and 250 workers, from Massachusetts will help with restoration efforts in South County on Friday.

Power is expected to be restored to virtually all customers by midnight. Some pockets of outages may remain.

Graves says 100 customers in Westerly are also without gas service. It was shut off there because the gas lines are believed flooded.