Utilities Preparing For Possible Outages During Christmas Storm

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A storm that will move into Connecticut on Christmas Eve is expected to bring heavy rain and potentially damaging winds that will last into Christmas Day.

Eversource is preparing trucks and crews to respond to the storm if needed.

The power company will be pre-positioning equipment across the state ahead of the storm.

They will have hundreds of crews ready to go statewide and are also contracting linemen from out of state.

"We are also very mindful that this is the Christmas holiday and obviously not an ideal time to lose power," said Tricia Modifica, a spokesperson for Eversource.

Eversource also urges customers to have an emergency kit with water, non-perishable food, and medications in case they do lose power.

Norwich Public Utilities (NPU) began preparing for the storm Wednesday. They say it will be an all hands on deck holiday, with strong winds in the forecast.

“There is a very real possibility that we will have trees come down and power outages associated with them,” said Chris Riley, NPU spokesman. “We just need to be able to respond quickly and safely.”

NPU is asking everyone to charge any phones or other devices in case of an outage, secure outdoor holiday decorations and to clear off any storm drains nearby to prevent flooding.

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