Nor'easter Causes Lots of Damage Across State

What to Know

  • The storm brought up to two feet of heavy, wet snow in parts of the state.
  • Power remains out for more than 140,000 across the state Thursday morning.
  • It could take several days to restore power to everyone,

More than 117,000 customers remain without power in Connecticut on Thursday morning after a nor'easter dumped more than two feet of heavy, wet snow in parts of the state and dozens of roads are closed because trees and wires are down.

The snow weighed down trees and took down power lines Wednesday night and there were around 160,000 power outages at one point. It could take several days to restore power to everyone, according to Eversource spokesperson Al Lara.

One town with widespread power outages is Old Saybrook. Officials said power will not likely be restored today and the lack of power means many people do not have water.

The YMCA in Westbrook is open to the public and will be providing warm showers and a charging station.

At 12:30 p.m., Old Saybrook Senior High School will open and offer a warm meal, hot showers, charging stations, WiFi access and shelter. Water hoses will also be available for residents to fill containers to bring water home. Domestic animals will not be allowed at the resource center.

Officials from United Illuminating said they expect it to take at least two days to restore power.

Gov. Dannel Malloy said 40 state roads are closed and public safety requests will be the top priority for utility companies. 

He said the highways are in good shape Thursday morning, but some roads might be slippery.

Travel on Wednesday afternoon and evening was difficult. AAA said at 10 p.m. on Wednesday that they had received more than 600 calls, mostly for drivers who slid off the road.

Connecticut State Police said there were at least 1,526 calls made to the department. Malloy said Thursday that state police responded to 166 accidents with no injuries and six with minor injuries during the storm. 

The storm closed hundreds of schools on Wednesday, with some schools announcing closures and delays again on Thursday.  See the full list of closures here.

State offices are also affected. The governor told employees at state offices to come in an hour later than usual because of the impact from the storm. 

Snow totals for areas in Litchfield and Fairfield counties were up to two feet. Some towns along the New York border are close to 20 inches.

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