Area towns fared well with outages during rain, wind storm

Published on Wednesday, 30 September 2020 12:33
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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Most area towns fared well against what Eversource has called an “intense wind and rain storm” that hit the state overnight.

As of the early afternoon hours Wednesday, 7,767 Connecticut customers of Eversource were without power after the power company reported that it had already restored electricity to more than 37,000.

Cities like New Britain and Bristol had fewer than three and four customers without power, respectively, as of the early afternoon.

The area town with the most outages Wednesday afternoon was Berlin, with 64 customers -- or less than 1% of the town -- in the dark, according to Eversource.

Southington had 32 without power in the early afternoon, which translates to about 0.16% of the town, Eversource indicated.

In Newington, fewer than three customers were without power, while towns of Plainville and Plymouth had no reported outages in the early afternoon hours.

“The combination of heavy rain saturating the ground and high winds that hit the state caused trees already weakened by the prolonged drought to come down, taking power lines with them and leaving thousands of customers without power especially in the eastern and western parts of the state,” Eversource President of Regional Electric Operations Craig Hallstrom said in a statement issued by the power company. “Our crews are working feverishly in communities affected by this storm to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We realize after the recent storms in Connecticut, the last thing anyone wants is to be without power, especially with many customers still working and learning from home during this unprecedented time, and we will work non-stop until every customer is back on line.”

Eversource added that crews have been operating under its covid-19 pandemic plan, adhering to strict safety protocols.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington Herald, Terryville on Wednesday, 30 September 2020 12:33. Updated: Wednesday, 30 September 2020 12:36.