CT outages after storm ‘will not be a quick fix’

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Tens of thousands of outages have been reported after a storm battered Connecticut with heavy rain and strong winds ahead of a cold front that is expected to sharply drop temperatures on Friday.

The worst of the storm in Connecticut moved through as of Friday morning, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Leatham. 

“All of the heaviest rainfall has pretty much moved off,” Leatham said Friday morning. There will be some showers Friday afternoon and possibly snow showers as the temperatures drop, Leatham said.

An official with Eversource, the state’s largest electrical utility, said the company has “hundreds of crews on the ground working,” and acknowledged that power restoration “will take time,” without providing a specific timeframe for when all of the outages will be restored. 
Doing so comes with some urgency, as temperatures are forecast to plummet into the teens or lower Friday night, with wind chill values well below zero.
“We know the timing of this storm couldn’t have been worse as people are trying to prepare for the Christmas holiday,” Steve Sullivan, president of Eversource Connecticut, said in a statement Friday afternoon.

In a text message to customers Friday evening, the company said hundreds of crews are working with more arriving from out of state.
“With outages so widespread, full restoration will take time. Bitter cold tonight could cause flash freezing and make travel to repair sites difficult,” the message said.
Some municipalities have begun opening warming centers as the temperature dropped Friday afternoon.
The weather service issued a coastal flood warning and high wind advisory with heavy rain and wind gusts that could reach 60 mph in the forecast for Friday.

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