Strong winds, downed trees leave thousands without power
Winds gusting to more than 50 mph have knocked downed trees, leaving thouands without power on Friday.
Eversource line and tree crews are working to restore power to customers in Connecticut affected by the high winds that swept through the state overnight and early this morning.
Approximately 61,000 customers were without power at 11 a.m. Since last night, power has been restored to more than 76,000 customers and utility crews from Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Kentucky are arriving to assist in the restoration efforts.
“Some of these winds were reported to be over 60 miles per hour, bringing down trees and tree limbs onto the power lines and causing outages,” said Eversource Vice President of Connecticut Electric Operations Don Boudreau. “Despite these challenging conditions, our crews are there for our customers when they’re needed most and are committed to working 24/7 until everyone has their power
At 5 a.m., Eversource reported 84,964 customers without electricity. That number dropped to 72,098 by 9 a.m.
United Illuminating reported 4,288 customers without power at that time. That number rose to 6,647 by 9 a.m.
At 2,848, the town of East Hampton in Middlesex County had Connecticut’s highest number of reported outages.
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As of 8:42 a.m., 826 in Ridgefield, 573 in New Milford, 490 in Sherman and 474 in Redding were without power, according to Eversource.
Other Eversource customers in the greater Danbury area without power are:
New Fairfield: 131
Road closures and power outages resulting from Thursday night’s storm led to the closure of Ridgefield schools Friday.
New Milford Mayor Pete Bass advised motorists to “be careful when traveling this morning,” as last night’s storm caused trees and large limbs to fall onto the town’s roadways.
“DPW will be out addressing the storm damage this morning. Please allow extra time when trying to get to your destination,” he wrote on Facebook early Friday morning.
People are asked to report downed wires to Eversource at 800-286-2000 or their local police department, and “stay as far away as possible until Eversource arrives to make the area safe,” Bass wrote.
Of the 17 municipalities served by United Illuminating, Bridgeport had the highest number of reported outages (2,333) as of 9 a.m., followed by:
Fairfield : 820
East Haven: 703
New Haven: 653
The storm has also caused Metro-North delays.