(WTNH) — Strong storms blew through the state Thursday, including tornado warnings issued mid-afternoon for New Haven and Litchfield counties.
The storms have knocked out power to thousands, especially in the western half of the state.
Eversource is currently reporting 107 outages as of 4:30 p.m. Sunday. To check on outages in your area, you can visit the Eversource website here.
“Our crews were prepositioned throughout the state before the storm hit and are working to restore power in the communities affected by this storm while also responding to local emergency situations,” Eversource Vice President of Electric Operations, Mike Hayhurst, said in a statement Thursday night. “In Branford, the damage is so severe our crews are facing traffic jams and impassable roads. We’re working alongside first responders there to help clear blocked roads and gain access to damage locations so crews can begin making necessary repairs and restore power.”
The energy company encourages customers to report an outage online, or by calling (800) 286-2000.
United Illuminating is listing 159 outages as of 4:30 p.m. Sunday. To see the latest outages on the UI outage list, visit their website here.
Due to a downed tree on a transmission line at the UI substation in Ansonia, the company will have to shut down power to several thousand residents beginning at 10 p.m. Thursday. The power outages will affect residents living on and around North Main Street up to the Seymour town line and from East Main Street east to the Woodbridge town line. United Illuminating plans to restore power as quickly as possible but anticipates at least a two-hour power outage.
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This storm comes on the heels of Tropical Storm Isaias, which caused hundreds of thousands of outages around the state, some that lasted for over a week. Coincidentally, Eversource executives took part in a public hearing Thursday to address their response time during Isaias.
“I assure you, I hear the frustration and disruption our customers have experienced as a result of the lengthy outages brought on by [Isaias],” said Eversource Energy CEO Jim Judge. “To be clear, we saw a storm coming and prepared for it…four days before the storm’s impact. It turns out the storm was more impactful than anyone expected, nobody predicted that Connecticut would see a storm with impacts significantly bigger than Superstorm Sandy or Irene.”
On Wednesday, both companies said they were staffed for Thursday’s severe weather.