BERLIN - Eversource said Tuesday afternoon they have restored power to more than 229,000 - or 18 percent - of customers after working overnight on Monday in response to the rain storm with winds up to 50 mph that hit Sunday evening.
43,476 customers across the state and less than .75 percent of customers in New Britain, Bristol, Berlin, Plainville, Southington and Plymouth were without power as of 5:02 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Eversource.com.
“We’ve made tremendous progress and will continue working 24/7 until all customers have their power back on,” said Eversource Vice President of Electric Operations in Connecticut Michael Hayhurst in a release. “The vast majority of customers in western and central Connecticut will have power restored by (Wednesday) evening. Given the significant damage in the southeastern part of the state, where we have to rebuild portions of the electric system, we expect power to be restored by Thursday at noon.”
As the restoration continued Tuesday night and residents may have been out for Halloween, “the company is reminding everyone to never approach a downed wire and be cautious of downed wires potentially covered by tree limbs or branches. Treat all downed power lines, and anything they are in contact with as live and stay at least 10 feet away,” the release stated.
More than 200 additional utility crews from as far as Florida, Ohio, Alabama and Tennessee have helped or are on the way to help Eversource, a release stated, as part of the industry’s Mutual Aid Network, which provides energy companies a network of companies to receive help from in restoring power following devastating storms and major events. A convoy of close to 30 lineworker crews from New York arrived in Connecticut Tuesday afternoon with dozens of other crews that were expected to arrive in the state late yesterday and today.
The storm knocked out power to more than 1.3 million homes and businesses across New England, Eversource said.
Charles Paullin, staff writer