Thousands of people woke up Christmas morning with no power as a strong storm moved through Connecticut with high winds and heavy rain.
As of 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Eversource was reporting fewer than 12,000 customers still without power. That number had been cut to approximately 3,000 customers by Saturday morning. The company said it has hundreds of crews working to restore power to those still in the dark. Power had been restored to more than 59,000 customers so far, according to Eversource.
“We know the timing of this storm couldn’t have been worse as people are trying to celebrate the Christmas holiday,” said Eversource Chairman, President and CEO Jim Judge. “The damaging winds and heavy rains with this storm caused damage to the electric system and caused widespread power outages in 117 of the 149 towns we serve.
The damage to the system in western Connecticut was more complex and some customers there won't have the lights back on until late on Saturday night, Eversource said.
United Illuminating reported nearly 2,500 outages earlier but had restored the power to the majority of those customers by Friday evening.