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LIPA reports that they are making progress in restoring power to Long Islanders as many public officials are holding the power company accountable for their performance. 

Despite the numbers, many people are getting anxious for the power to return.

A generator is keeping some of the lights on at Fred Parham's Massapequa home – but everyday he's getting more frustrated. 

"Just trying to get to the store with no lights and people cutting each other off, people are tired and frustrated and LIPA does nothing," said Parham. 

Because of Hurricane Sandy residents on Lagoon Boulevard are getting ready to spend their seventh night without power. 

"It's really cold. I don't want my kids sleeping – it's unbearable," said resident Debbie Montano.  

Hundreds of thousands of LIPA residents here on Long Island are still without power and the big question for many of them is -- when will they get power back. 

"At least give us some information, some communication – let us know what's going on," said Ray Argila of Massapequa. 

"We're not seeing any trucks – any LIPA trucks. Just a couple of tree removal trucks," said Ira Zekowski of Plainview. 

"My power is out in my house and I‘m frustrated that that's the case. Also, I'm hoping the power comes back and any day but I'm waiting just like everybody else is," said LIPA CEO Michael Hervey.

LIPA CEO Michael Hervey says 90 percent of customers will have power by Wednesday night – the other 10 percent will be restored after that. 

"It will be a matter of days – nobody should be talking about weeks or anything like that," said Hervey. "I just can't give you a day it might be." 

Hervey says also says crews have started to restore power for the LIPA customers in one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy -- the Rockaways. 

"We started putting power back there last night, there were rumors to the contrary, but some power was put back Sunday," said Hervey. 

Another storm could be headed our way in the middle of the week – but Hervey says crews will still be outside making repairs. 

"These men and women are going to work through the weather," said Hervey. "I don't anticipate the kind of weather to keep them out of the field."

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