Gov. Ned Lamont declared a state of emergency Wednesday in response to widespread power outages caused by Tropical Storm Isaias. Meanwhile, Eversource officials warned customers should be prepared for lengthy outages.
Lamont’s declaration authorizes the governor to order certain actions that will help expedite the response.
“With more than 700,000 customers experiencing power outages, we need to take several emergency steps that will facilitate restoration,” Lamont said. “I remain in consistent communication with municipal leaders and utility officials so that we can move resources to where they are most needed at this time.”
As of noon, Eversource reported more than 11,000 outages in Cheshire or more than 95 percent of the town without power. In Southington, more than 9,500 customer were without power as of noon, or 47 percent of the town. There were more than 8,000 outages in Meriden or more than 25 percent of the city without power.
“Eversource crews are working closely with community and public safety officials to clear roads and assess the extensive damage,” the utility said in a statement posted to its website. “Ensuring the safety of our communities and our crews while this work happens is our top priority. With the extensive damage, customers without power should be prepared to be out for extended periods of time. We will provide more specific timeframes as the damage is assessed.”