More than 22K still without power in CT
UPDATE: 8:30 P.M. THURSDAY
As of 4:30 p.m., town officials said the lower end of Daniels Farm Road — from Park Street to White Plains Road — remains closed. A stretch of Shelton Road, from Wheeler Drive to North Street, also remains closed.
Huntington Road has reopened.
There is no estimated time for road reopenings, officials said.
As of 3 p.m., police in Wilton said there were multiple road closures still in effect “until further notice.”
Those closures included Stirrup Lane near address 18, Indian Hill Road near Pin Oak Lane, Wilridge Road near address 64 and Borglum Road near address 36.
UPDATE: 7:40 P.M. THURSDAY — OUTAGE NUMBERS
United Illuminating is reporting 143 outage events, leaving 565 of its customers without power still. Here’s a breakdown of those outages:
—Ansonia: 1 event, 4 outages
—Bridgeport: 12 events, 16 outages
—Derby: 3 events, 50 outages
—East Haven: 6 events, 6 outages
—Easton: 7 events, 10 outages
—Fairfield: 31 events, 55 outages
—Hamden: 13 events, 31 outages
—Milford: 9 events, 11 outages
—New Haven: 3 events, 3 outages
—North Branford: 1 event, 10 outages
—North Haven: 4 events, 15 outages
—Orange: 5 events, 12 outages
—Shelton: 9 events, 27 outages
—Stratford: 15 events, 37 outages
—Trumbull: 16 events, 258 outages
—West Haven: 2 events, 2 outages
—Woodbridge: 6 events, 18 outages
Eversource is reporting 22,196 customers still without power. Here’s a breakdown of some of those outages:
—East Haddam: 84
—Naugatuck: less than 3
—New Canaan: 31
—New Fairfield: 26
—New Milford: 38
Thousands of people are without power Thursday as strong winds continue to blow across Connecticut.
At 1:30 p.m., Eversource reported 34,375 customers without electricity.
For current Eversource outages, click here.
Eversource line and tree crews continue working around-the-clock restoring power to thousands of customers impacted by Wednesday’s damaging wind and rain storm. Despite the dangerous winds and challenging conditions, crews have restored power to more than 43,000 homes and businesses since the storm began. As of 1 p.m., the company is working to restore the remaining 35,000 customers without service.
“Despite the high winds we continue to experience and the challenge that presents, our crews are hard at work assessing damage, helping communities clear blocked roads and restoring power,” said Eversource Vice President of Electric Operations in Connecticut Michael Hayhurst. “We recognize how difficult it is to be without electricity. We’re there for our customers when they need us most and are committed to working until everyone affected by this storm has their power restored.”
Eversource urged customers to stay clear of downed wires and to report them immediately to 9-1-1. They can report an outage online at www.eversource.com, or by calling (800) 286-2000. Those who signed up for the company’s two-way texting feature can send a text to report an outage and receive outage updates as they happen.
Eversource also reminds any customers who are without power and using a generator to be sure it’s located well away from their home or business and that they’re using a transfer switch installed by a licensed electrician.
United Illuminating said fewer than 1,899 customers were without service as of 1 p.m. Thursday, down from a peak of nearly 9,500 Wednesday night. The company Thursday morning had more than 120 line and tree workers, plus support personnel, working on the restoration effort.
Gusty winds are continuing UI anticipates that additional outages may occur even while crews restore customers previously left without power.
“UI follows a methodical restoration process that prioritizes public safety. After addressing public safety concerns, crews first work to address damage to critical electrical infrastructure, as well as outages that affect large numbers of customers. As these are restored, the focus shifts to smaller outages and individual customers,” UI said in an afternoon update.
UI customers are advised to stay far away from downed utility lines, which can be live and dangerous even if they don’t appear energized. Never drive over a downed wire. Report them to UI at 800.722.5584 (800.7.CALL.UI). If there is an immediate danger, call 911.
Tough night. We’re on it. pic.twitter.com/pbv8CqY7AC— United Illuminating (@UnitedIllum) October 17, 2019
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Just before 2 p.m., winds were gusting between 28 and 38 mph, according to National Weather Service stations.