UI says 99% of power back by today; Eversource targets Tuesday
Nearly a week after Tropical Storm Isaias tore through Connecticut, more than 78,000 customers are still without power Monday afternoon.
Eversource reports that nearly 94 percent of its 1.3 million customers have had power restored. At 2 p.m. Monday, it said 76,298 customers were still without power, according to data supplied by the company.
United Illuminating, which provides electricity to 17 towns and cities in southern Fairfield and New Haven counties, said about 1,864 of its customers still remain without power.
UI said power restoration “will be substantially complete by the end of the day Monday.”
More than 4,500 crews & support staff continue to work non-stop to restore power to the remaining ~83,000 customers impacted by this devastating storm. Much of the remaining damage requires complex repairs &, in some cases, rebuilding entire portions of the electric system. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/jMcnpKZgbW— Eversource CT (@EversourceCT) August 10, 2020
“We continue to work urgently to restore power to our customers. We estimate we will have restoration substantially complete by Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.,” Eversource said in a statement. “Substantially complete means fewer than 1 percent of customers are still without power. Many customers will be back in power sooner.”
Towns with the highest percentage of outages include Bethlehem, Brookfield, Cornwall, Easton, Hamden, Harwinton, Litchfield, Monroe, New Cannan, New Milford, Oxford, Redding, Sherman, Woodbridge and Westport.
As of 2 p.m., nearly 28 percent, or approximately 3,500, of Westport’s Eversource customers remain without power. Eversource and town pubic works crews continue to methodically progress through town to manage restoration to the grid.
With more than 7,620 outages Monday afternoon, about 20 percent of Danbury still has no power. Stamford still has more than 2,000 outages, while cities like Norwalk and Torrington are down nearer the 1,000 mark.
The National Weather Service issued a heat alert Sunday, saying temperatures from noon Monday until 8 p.m. Wednesday would create conditions that “are dangerous to health," particularly for anyone without air conditioning, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions”
On Monday, Gov. Ned Lamont is viewing storm damage in Cheshire and Bristol.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is meeting with local officials and tour damage following Tropical Storm Isaias in Madison, Cheshire and Glastonbury.
Consumers deserve refunds, right away. Not rate hikes to cover costs of Eversource misjudgments, amounting to utility malpractice. Especially as consumers & businesses struggle to survive & recover, Eversource owes them rebates & respect.— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) August 9, 2020