FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- With thousands of people throughout Fairfield County still without power Thursday afternoon following Wednesday's storm, Eversource said it could take until late Friday night to restore power to most of the county.
Eversource said in an announcement Thursday that it expects to have power restored for the majority of customers by 11:30 p.m. Friday. The power company said its early focus is on clearing blocked roads, making downed wires safe and restoring the largest areas of outages.
The outages affecting the largest number of customers will be restored first, meaning that outages affecting a smaller number of customers may take longer as they are oftentimes more labor-intensive, Eversource said.
Winds over 75 mph in some locations and torrential rains caused extensive damage throughout the state, interrupting service to more than 89,500 Eversource customers. Power has been restored to more than 50,000 since the storm began.
Crews from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as well as contractors from New York and Pennsylvania will be assisting with the restoration efforts.
“The wet ground from the heavy downpours coupled with the strong winds last night caused trees and limbs to fall, tearing down power lines and utility poles across our service territory,” said Peter Clarke, senior vice president of Emergency Preparedness at Eversource. “We recognize being without electricity for any length of time is difficult, and we assure our customers that we are focused on restoring service as quickly and safely as possible to all those affected.”
The company reminds the public to stay clear of downed lines and to call 911 to report them immediately. Anyone experiencing a power outage should report it to Eversource at 1-800-286-2000, or on Eversource.com.
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