BERLIN - Few power outages were reported by Eversource customers as wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour during Thursday’s storm caused concern for the utility’s employees.
“We’re concerned about the high winds,” said Mitch Gross, spokesman for Eversource, around noon Thursday.
Seventy Eversource customers in Southington were the only residents in area towns to experience power outages on Thursday, according to the outage map at Eversource’s website. Equipment that holds the lines in place on a utility pole was the cause of the outage, Gross said.
As Southington’s power was restored by mid-afternoon Thursday, 1,035, or less than 1 percent, of Eversource’s 1.2 million customers across the state were reporting power outages as of 5:17 p.m. Thursday, according to their power outage map.
Gross said the plan for Thursday night and Friday was to keep working to get customers without power back on as quickly and safely as they can.
“The winds and resulting blowing snow could make driving more difficult - so traveling to damage locations can be challenging,” said Gross.
The hazard-level winds also provide trouble to crews going up in their bucket trucks to restore power, and the low temperatures make repairs more challenging, Gross added.
WFSB-TV reported wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph and a high of 25 degrees inland on Thursday, with wind chills below 0 degrees expected to continue through the weekend.
“The work doesn’t stop until all customers have their power back on,” Gross said.
Customers are asked to report any power outages to Eversource at 1-800-286-2000 or eversource.com, and not assume a neighbor has already done so.
Spokeswoman Tricia Taskey Modifica reminded customers on Wednesday to have a storm kit of water, food, medications and flashlights handy, and keep cell phones and other devices fully charged in case power does go out.
Stay away from downed wires, she added.
If using a generator, make sure to follow instructions and have it outside or properly ventilated, she added.