Another Test for CT Utilities: High Winds Threaten to Cause More Power Outages

Posted by erik devaney

Courtesy of Associated Press

Connecticut’s utilities failed their last big test: a rare October nor’easter that – at its peak – knocked out power to over 800,000 residents.

As a result of the slow response effort, Connecticut’s attorney general has said he will research whether the state’s largest utility, Connecticut Light & Power, broke any laws in its handling of the outages.

Nearly two weeks after the storm hit, the utility still hasn’t restored electricity to all of its affected customers. As of Thursday, November 10, a few dozen Connecticut Light & Power customers were still in the dark.

But now, Connecticut Light & Power and The United Illuminating Co. – the state’s other major utility – must contend with a new issue: strong winds.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy is warning residents that strong winds predicted for Friday, November 11, could bring down trees and limbs that were weakened by the October nor’easter.

Governor Dannel Malloy

“The weather forecast is calling for winds of 15-30 miles per hour with locally higher gusts,” Governor Malloy said. “Normally, these types of winds would not be of concern, but with the condition of trees following the October snowstorm, they are likely to have some impact tomorrow and I’m urging residents to take precaution if they’re planning to be outside tomorrow.”

Malloy continued, “Now that power is back on across our state, we expect the utility companies will be extra vigilant about responding to any new outages, particularly as a number of residents just got the power back on recently.”

The Governor has instructed the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security to discuss the forecast – and the planned response to any power outages that may occur – with both Connecticut Light & Power and The United Illuminating Co. He is urging all parties to take the proper precautions.

Friday’s weather forecast calls for westerly winds building in early morning and then peaking in late afternoon. Winds should subside during the evening.

The National Weather Service predicts that the Hartford area could experience wind speeds between 15 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

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