UPDATE 1-US Energy Dept: 4.7 mln still lack power after Sandy

(Adds details, table on outages) Nov 1 (Reuters) - About 4.7 million homes and businesses in 12 U.S. states remained without power early Thursday as utilities scrambled to restore service disrupted by Hurricane Sandy, U.S. Department of Energy data showed. Power companies had restored electricity to more than 3 million customers across states on the East Coast, but the largest number of outages remained in New Jersey and New York. Over all, Sandy left more than 8 million customers in 21 states, from North Carolina to Maine and as far west as Illinois, without power after the storm came ashore in New Jersey late Monday.

The following is a state-by-state breakout of customers affected by outages:

State Current Outages Percent Peak Outages Customers Restored of Since Peak

Customers Without Power

Connecticut 353,949 17% 626,559 272,610 Maryland 48,224 2% 311,020 262,796 Massachusetts 18,055

TOTAL: 4,657,013

States with fewer than 1,000 outages were not included in the table.

(Reporting by Eileen Houlihan; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick and Jim Marshall)