Eversource, UI say crews are prepared for possible severe weather today

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(WTNH) — Both Eversource Energy and United Illuminating said it is staffed up and ready to go for today’s chance of severe weather.

Of course, this comes after hundreds of thousands of Eversource customers suffered through 10 days without power after tropical storm Isaias.

Eversource is actively dealing with backlash over its response to Isaias after hundreds of thousands of customers were left in the dark. Still, a spokesman insists the utility is fully staffed and ready to respond to any outages that could arise today.

More than 800,000 customers lost power and the state has launched an investigation. The utility company’s spokesperson, Trish Modifica, said the company is fully staffed for whatever Thursday brings.

Lineworkers, tree crews, and support staff are ready to go. In terms of when to reach out for additional crews, Eversource says it will monitor the storm as it gets closer or when it is able to assess the damage. 

Eversource is also working on securing contractor crews.

When it comes to out of state support Modifica said, “As the storm gets closer or we take on damage, that’s when you assess and reach out to additional crews if it’s warranted and needed.”

She said staff is closely watching this storm all while they are dealing with the fallout of the last storm response.

Eversource CEO James Judge, who has not spoken since the last storm, is set to speak today at the committee leading the investigation.

UI says it’s readying its line-workers, tree crews, and contractors to work around the clock to restore power if it is lost. UI customers are encouraged to text REG to 839-884 for free text alerts if service is lost and for restoration updates. Customers can also call 800-722-5584 or visit uinet.com to report an outage.

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