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Governor of Connecticut Says State is Better Prepared For Storms

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Connecticut is better prepared for a natural disaster than it was a year ago when the remnants of Hurricane Irene struck the state, but some issues remain.

In an interview Friday with The Associated Press, Malloy said the state still has "a long ways to go" when it comes to reducing the number of trees that can knock down power lines and block roads. While the state and electric utilities have ramped up tree-cutting efforts, Malloy predicted it will take years to get to where the state needs to be.

Malloy said communication between state and local governments and with the various utilities has greatly improved since last year.

Some issues are still being reviewed, such as keeping gas stations open during outages.

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Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.