Conn. (WTNH) – The harsh winter weather this week knocked out power for thousands across the state but thanks to utility crews, almost all of Connecticut residents will get their power back just in time for Christmas morning. 

Hundreds of utility line and tree crews from around the country and Canada gave up their holiday weekend to clean up fallen branches and fix power lines. 

As of Saturday morning, Eversource reports restoring power to more than 173-thousand customers. 

Many of the utility line and tree crews working in Connecticut this week are a long way from home, including a journeyman lineman named Brandon Cartwright from Florida. 

“It comes with our jobs, we are used to this, it’s what we do. We’re journeymen linemen. We restore power to different utilities around the country,” he said. “Everyone was really expecting us to go home for the holidays but with our job, it’s expected. All of our families realize it’s what we do.”

Workers with Vision Utilities came to the Nutmeg state to help families. These employees are from all over the country and will be away from their families this Christmas to work. 

Cartwright is the third generation in his family to be a lineman. Although his family knows he won’t be home for Christmas, he says it’s still tough being so far away from his young children. 

“It’s hard sometimes especially with little kids cause you won’t ever get that time back,” he told News 8.

When they’re not working to restore power, some are taking their few free moments to call home. 

“I had a chance to talk to [my family] today but hopefully when we get a little break or something, I’ll talk to them, wish them a Merry Christmas and stuff,” said Tanner Collins from Tennessee. 

But neighbors are showing their appreciation, thanking them for bringing the power back just in time for Christmas Day.

“When you heat up a couple of thousand customers and you see them in their driveway and they’re cold, that makes it all worth it. When you have people cheering for you, everything aside, that right there is what it’s all about,” said Cartwright. 

Utility companies are reporting that 93 towns still have outages. All of them are expected to have their power restored by 8 a.m. Sunday morning.

Gov. Lamont urged towns to continue to provide warming centers and shelters to those who are left without power.

“The extreme cold being experienced right now by a vast majority of the nation poses a threat to the health and safety of those without heat, and our municipalities must continue to offer warmth and shelter to those who need it, especially as Christmas Eve approaches,” Gov. Lamont said in a statement. “I’ve spoken with the utility companies, and they have promised to get power restored as soon as possible, including with the help of thousands of out-of-state line workers who are spending their holiday to help with restoration.”

An estimated time of restoration for each town can be found here.

Anyone in need of shelter or a warming center is urged to call 2-1-1 to find the nearest available locations. This list can also be found online here and by clicking the link at the top of the page that says, “Cold Weather Information.”