Arctic air pushes through CT, knocking out power for thousands


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The frigid temperatures are impacting Connecticut, with strong winds knocking out power for thousands.

Storm Team 8 says Tuesday will be very windy with temperatures dropping into the teens with wind chills at or under zero at daybreak. If heading out, be sure to bundle up. According to medical officials, in order to protect your lungs, cover your face with a scarf or wear a facemask so it warms the air before reaching your lungs.

Strong winds are knocking down trees and causing power outages.

As of 3:45 p.m., there are more than 9,000 Eversource Energy customers without power. Eversource expects to have the vast majority of them back on line by Wednesday at 6 p.m. – with many being restored sooner.

“Consistent, strong winds with gusts up to 50 miles per hour have been roaring across the state since the storm began last night, bringing down tree limbs and causing significant damage to the electric system,” Eversource President of Regional Electric Operations Craig Hallstrom. “Working through the night, our crews made good progress while operating under our COVID-19 pandemic plan and battling the bitter cold and persistent winds. The potential for strong winds to cause additional outages will persist through the day, and we’ll continue to shift resources to the hardest-hit areas as our dedicated employees work non-stop until every customer has their power back.” 

More than 100 United Illuminating customers are also without power.

RAW FOOTAGE: Strong winds knock down tree on School Street in Manchester

Residents are reminded to stay clear of downed wires and report them immediately to 911.

Montville Public Schools reports Mohegan Elementary School will be remote Tuesday due to a school power outage.

The ‘X’ on the XL Center in Hartford was also blown off by the strong winds Tuesday.

The Severe Weather Protocol sets up a system for the state agencies and municipalities to coordinate with United Way’s 211. It also also makes sure that the most vulnerable populations receive protection from the severe cold through a network of shelters.

The governor said that the protocol enacts the following actions:

  • The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security activates its WebEOC communications network, which is an internet-based system that enables local, regional, and state emergency management officials and first responders to share up-to-date information about a variety of situations and conditions. The system is used to monitor capacity at shelters across the state, enabling 211 to act as a clearinghouse to assist in finding shelter space for those who need it. Local officials, working through WebEOC, can alert 211 and the state when they open temporary shelters or warming centers.
  • The Department of Social Services, Department of Housing and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services coordinate with 211 and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, along with community-based providers, to provide transportation for people seeking shelter.

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