Repair crews worked through the night to restore power to thousands of Connecticut residents who were left in the dark following a whipping wind storm that left the region reeling.
Crews from Eversource and United Illuminating worked overnight to restore power to thousands of customers who were impacted by the storm that sent trees and branches flying onto power lines and utility poles.
As of 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6,820 of Eversource’s 1,273,665 customers remained without power, while UI was reporting five outages, impacting six customers.
In Fairfield County, outages on Tuesday morning were reported in Wilton, Weston, Torrington, Ridgefield, Newtown, Danbury, Stratford and Fairfield.
To keep customers safe, local residents have been advised they should:
- Be aware of fallen trees and limbs, and using caution or traveling;
- Never using outdoor gas or charcoal grills indoors, as they pose a fire hazard and over time can give off carbon monoxide gas;
- Install and/or testing carbon monoxide detectors and ensure they are in working order;
- Avoid the use of candles for illumination due to fire hazards;
- Follow the manufacturer's safety instructions on the use of emergency generators, and be sure to shut off the main breaker when in use and operate the units outdoors;
- Operate cars and motor vehicles outdoors only, and never inside the garage;
- Avoid travel along roadways as hazardous conditions may cause driving accidents, including those involving utility poles which may cause power interruptions.
- Stay at least 30 feet away from downed power lines, and remember that lines may be entangled and hidden in fallen trees. Assume all downed lines are live; and
- Ensure exhaust and combustion air vents and chimneys are cleared if debris, ice and snow to prevent a potentially lethal buildup of carbon monoxide gas.
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