Connecticut’s shoreline was hit hard by outages not once, but twice in a week, and thousands of homes and businesses remain without power days after a second nor’easter.
The storm Wednesday dumped more than two feet of heavy, wet snow in parts of Connecticut and brought down trees and power lines. This was the second nor’easter to hit in less than a week.
A statement from Eversource says the storm broke hundreds of poles and took down thousands of feet of power lines.
Eversource, which supplies power to more than 1.2 million customers, was reporting 9,481 without power as of 6 p.m. Saturday. United Illuminating, which provides power to more than 330,000 customers, reported 1,535 customers out.
Eversource has released town-by-town power restoration estimates. The company hopes to have power restored to all its customers by 11 p.m. Sunday. The company estimates that it has restored power to 232,000 since the storm began Wednesday.
In Killingworth, more than 40 percent of the town was still in the dark Saturday morning.
The number of outages went up overnight with three-quarters of the town in the dark. Those spikes can sometimes happen as crews are working to remove and replace bad lines.
Early Sunday morning there were more than 40 tree-trimming trucks sitting in a staging area at the Park and Ride in Madison waiting to deployed across the shoreline. As those got set for another long day, people were waking up to another morning without power.
“On the second day, it settled in. You’re getting, ‘OK, what’s going on?” And then when you drive around town and you don’t see any real real big trees down. You see little branches and maybe a couple of wires, you’re wondering, ‘OK what gives?’” said Kilingworth resident Jeff Gallagher.
Throughout this recovery period, Eversource has pointed out that in some cases the problems aren’t visible.
For instance, a substation that services Killingworth had issues during the storm.
Anyone whose power is out should report it to the utility company.
If you are an Eversource customer, you can report it online here or call 800-286-2000.
United Illuminating customers can report an outage using UI’s automated phone system at 800-722-5584. To report an outage via mobile, text “OUT” to 839-884 (TEXT-UI), or visit Outage Central at uinet.com.