Thousands without power a day after strong storms and wind

Thousands without power a day after strong storms and wind



 

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Thousands of Connecticut residents remained without power Monday, a day after strong storms moved through the state.

Eversource, the state’s largest electric utility, reported that more than 10,000 customers remained offline as of 2 p.m. The company said it had restored power to about 20,000 others.

United Illuminating, which had reported just under 5,000 outages on Sunday, had just 29 customers still without electricity Monday afternoon.

Attorney General William Tong said Eversource experienced problems with its automated outage reporting system similar to those that occurred during Tropical Storm Isaias, which knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people in August.

“The Eversource automated outage reporting system has been riddled with errors and dysfunction since it was first developed,” he said in a statement. “This is a ratepayer funded system, and ratepayers deserve a system that works.”

Eversource said the issues related to the outage reporting system had been resolved.

Sunday’s storms, which included rain and high winds, caused school delays and minor damage across the state, including in New Haven where the holiday tree on the city green was toppled.

Officials said some of the trees limbs were cracked and they were evaluating the situation Monday to determine if the tree could be put back up.


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