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Darien power almost entirely restored, snow coming this weekend

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UPDATE Friday 8:15 a.m. Darien’s outages are at .42% or less than 1% as of Friday morning after an early Thursday morning storm knocked down trees and wires in the area. At its worst, 13% of Darien was without power Thursday.

Today will be partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 33, according to the national weather service.  This weekend remains in the 20’s with a chance of light snow on Saturday night and all day Sunday. Less than one inch of snow is predicted.

Thursday 11:37 p.m. — Darien is almost entirely restored, at 1% or 87 customers without power.

4:40 p.m. — First Selectman Jayme Stevenson told The Darien Times that all the work the town has needed to do toward restoring power outages was completed hours ago. The rest is in the hands of CL&P crews on site.

Outages in Darien are now down to 6% or 490 customers.

She said outages in the area of Birch Road are estimated to be restored at approximately 8 p.m. Ring’s End Road should be by 7 p.m. A complicated area of outages at Old Farm Road has the most concentrated crew of CL&P trucks working to restore it. There is currently no estimate for restoration on that area or on Sedgewick.

CL&P crews will continue to work through the night in Darien on restoring power.

2 p.m. — Darien outages have dropped to 9% or 742 customers as of 2 p.m.

11:30 a.m. — Darien is at 981 customers or 12% as of 11:30 a.m. First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, working at the town’s Emergency Operations Center, said there are three roads blocked by downed wires.

  • Rings End Road, with 184 customers affected
  • Old Farm Road, with 104 customers affected
  • Sedgewick and Birch Road are blocked by wires and trees

There is also an outage on West Avenue that has affected 291 customers.

Stevenson said CL&P estimates West Avenue will be restored by 3 p.m. and Ring’s End Road by 7 p.m.

Stevenson said Old Farm Road, though it is only 104 customers, will take the longest as it the problem spans primary wires and a broken pole. There are four CL&P trucks at the Old Farm Road location working on the problem.

There is a traffic light out at Post Road and Hecker Avenue with a four-way stop signs in place.

Stevenson said the town is “working really hard” to  keep issues to single-day outages but there could be some outages that hold over until tomorrow.

She said temperatures are expected to drop and “we are really concerned about power outages and cold temperatures.”

Stevenson said she is “aggressively” interacting with CL&P and hopes to contain it to a one-day event.

 

9 a.m. — Darien remains at 13% outages or 1,049 customers as the town’s emergency operations team convenes at the Darien Police station to assess damages and begin restoration. Trees and wires are down in various areas around town.  Let us know if you are near one of them at editor@darientimes.com.

In addition to Darien, schools in Westport, Weston, Wilton and Redding have delayed openings due to storm damage. CL&P is listing almost 70,000 customers without power as of 9 a.m. representing 5% of its customers.

MetroNorth has reported delays on the New Haven line and the New Canaan line is currently out of service with buses replacing trains.

8:15 a.m. —  First Selectman Jayme Stevenson has confirmed Hollow Tree Ridge Road at Hanson, Rings End Road and Sedgewick Avenue are all blocked by downed trees or wires. Darien is still at 13% power outages.

7:37 am. : Outages are up to 13% in Darien, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said the town is partially activating emergency operations center Thursday morning.

The Darien school district is on a 90-minute delay after strong winds and rain early Thursday morning.

Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Falcone has confirmed that schools will be open on Thursday after saying earlier the schools could close.

Nearly 1,000 or 12% of Darien’s Connecticut Light & Power customers are without power.

New Haven Line Service is currently experiencing delays of up to 30 minutes due to weather-related conditions.  Please allow for extra travel time and listen for announcements at your station.

Upper New Haven Line Customers traveling eastbound to Noroton Heights, Darien, Rowayton, South Norwalk, East Norwalk, Westport and Greens Farms must take a train to Southport then get a Westbound train to get access to these stations due to wire issues in the area.  Please listen for announcements at your station.

Some New Canaan residents are waking up Thursday morning, Jan. 31, without power. The high winds of Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, have knocked out power to at least 79 homes in town, according to Connecticut Light & Power.

That number could rise as residents awake and report more outages. There are more than 67,000 with power outages across the state. That is 5% of CL&P customers.

The high wind warning that went into effect Wednesday night at 6, was to expire Thursday morning at 6. At 3 a.m. Thursday, southwest wind gusts across the state ranged from 25-35 mph in the lower elevations up to 50 mph above 1,000 feet and along the coast of Connecticut, according to the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Wind gusts to 50 mph have also occurred on Long Island by 3 a.m.

Thursday morning, strong winds around daybreak are forecast to shift to the west by 9 a.m. and continue gusting to around 40 mph through the morning and into the afternoon, according to forecasts. Gusts to 50 mph are possible in the higher elevations.

The temperatures are in the mid-50s in the area this morning but are expected to drop Thursday into the mid-30s this evening and there could be snow Friday and this weekend.

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  • Mark

    It is nice to have some updates from Ms. Stevenson. You can’t get any info from CL&P. Keep ‘em workin’ Jayme!

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