BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — Towns and cities like West Hartford, Danbury and Waterbury are seeing some of the highest outages Thursday morning. In Bristol, more than 14,000 families are still in the dark this morning along with more than half a million others.
There were lines around the corner to get into McDonald’s and the local bagel shop for fresh breakfast, and traffic lights are also out across the city and in many communities across Connecticut.
The governor has applied to FEMA for an emergency declaration following Tropical Storm Isaias. Some 600,000 primarily ever source but also UI customers are still in the dark after high winds and tornado-like conditions brought down trees and wires across Connecticut.
The reason for the declaration, the governor explains, is the high cost to have trees and debris removed from public and private property. The emergency declaration would provide federal funds to help recover some of those costs.
Fast-moving winds from Tropical Storm Isaias were the issue, not rain. Those winds created tornado-like conditions.
In Bristol, a family was casually cooking a meal when they heard a noise and a tree split in their yard, bringing down wires and making Marcia Drive impassible.
“The rest of the evening until the winds died down it was pretty much panic that nothing else was going to fall on the house,” Jay Komanetsky, Bristol said. “A concern that we have is a tree in the back that split…We’re very, very fortunate there is no damage to the house. It’s just a lot of cleanup to do and no power.”
Eversource has been having issues with their reporting system. They say it could take a couple of days to restore power to hundreds of thousands of people across the state. The governor says he’s monitoring this situation and he wants power back by the end of the week. But again, the utilities have not yet been able to provide a timeline.