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Tuesday, June 19 Local

Nor’easter tore across Connecticut, left thousands without power

UPDATE: 6:30 a.m. Monday

Eversource says the total number of outages stands at 2,928.

Greenwich leads the list with 830 customers without power.

Other outages reported include 331 in Stamford, 149 in Ridgefield, 131 in Danbury, 101 in Westport, 74 in Monroe, 71 in New Fairfield, 61 in New Milford, 61 in New Canaan, 55 in Wilton, 48 in Norwalk and Sherman, 39 in Bethel, 45 in Redding, 28 in Oxford and 27 in Seymour.

UPDATE 5:40 p.m. Sunday

Eversource crews are continuing to work at restoring power to the thousands of customers left without electricity following a weekend storm that brought heavy gusts of wind, fallen trees and downed power lines across the state.

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Forecast for the Greater Bridgeport Area:

Saturday night - Mostly cloudy with a low around 33 degrees. Wind chill values between 25 and 30 degrees. Winds around 13 to 17 mph. Gusts could reach as high as 28 mph.

Sunday - Mostly sunny with a high near 46 degrees. Slight chance of rain and snow shower after noon. Wind chill values between 25 and 35 in the early hours of the day. Wind around 13 to 15 mph, with a possibility of gusts up to 25 mph.

Sunday night - Mostly cloudy with a low around 30 degrees. Wind chill values between 25 and 30 degrees. Winds around 11 to 14 mph, with occasional gusts reaching up to 25 mph.

Monday - Partly sunny with a high near 42 degrees. Wind chill values between 20 and 30 degrees. Winds between 9 and 11 mph, with gusts reaching as high as 21 mph.

Monday night - Partly cloudy, with a low around 29 degrees. Winds between 5 and 7 mph.

Forecast based on National Weather Service reports.

Working alongside out-of-state lineworkers, crews have restored power to approximately 174,000 homes and businesses across the state since the storm began, Eversource said in a press release.

The company said it is on track to restore power to a majority of customers still without power by 9 p.m. Sunday.

As of 5:30 p.m. Sunday, roughly 3,045 customers in Greenwich were still without power, as well as 754 in Stamford, 580 in New Canaan, 101 in Darien and 76 in Norwalk, according to an outage map on the Eversource website. The map says it is updated every 15 minutes.

“This has been painstaking work - in some parts of the state our crews are having to rebuild portions of the electric system,” said Eversource Vice President of Electric Operations in Connecticut Michael Hayhurst. “With almost 500 utility poles broken, 87 miles of electric lines down and nearly 400 blocked roads that had to be addressed, our crews have done a tremendous job and they are committed to continue working until every last customer is restored.”

Once power is restored to most of the affected customers, crews will focus on the remaining single or scattered outages, Eversource said. Those “single or scattered outages” are more complex and will take additional time to complete and may require assistance from a private electrician or contractor, the company said. Lineworkers are expected to go to each location to assess what additional equipment or effort may be required to make repairs.

For a list of estimated restoration times, visit eversource.com.

UPDATE 3:03 p.m. Sunday

Sunday afternoon, the Westport Police Department sent a release announcing that the electrical grid was still being repaired after the storm and, due to that, several roads were expected to remain closed during the morning commute Monday, including the intersection of Greens Farms Road and Bridge Street at Compo Road South.

The release outline the following detour plan:

“Road closures will be in place at the following locations: Bridge Street at Imperial Avenue, Compo Road South at Keyser Road, Greens Farms Road at Hillspoint Road and Compo Road South at Elaine Road. Any destinations within this area will be accessible only to local traffic; all other traffic should adhere to the following outlined detour.

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Again, this plan has been generated under the current assumption that absolutely no vehicular no traffic will be allowed through the intersection of Greens Farms Road at Compo Road South.

Traffic officers and/or traffic control devices will be present to assist with traffic direction at the above locations. Motorists traveling from all points south of the Interstate 95 overpass on Compo Road South should follow Compo Road South to Hillspoint Road north to the intersection of Greens Farms Road. From this point, traffic will be routed either east on Greens Farms Road and/or north on Hillspoint Road. Motorists traveling west on Greens Farms Road will be detoured north at the intersection of Greens Farms Road and Hillspoint Road toward Post Road East (Route 1).

No westbound traffic will be allowed on to Greens Farms Road from the Sherwood Island Connector. This area will be accessible to local traffic only. All other traffic will be diverted north on the Sherwood Island Connector towards Post Road East (Route 1).

Compo Road South will be completely closed to southbound traffic at the intersection with Keyser Road. All southbound traffic on Imperial Avenue will be diverted west on Bridge Street. All eastbound traffic on Bridge Street will be diverted north on to Imperial Avenue.”

UPDATE 2 P.M. SUNDAY

Greenwich

Greenwich remains the hardest hit town in the area, with 12 percent of residents still without power. That’s 3,260 people, according to Eversource.

Police said Sunday morning that all main roads had been reopened, but dozens of secondary roads were still closed because of fallen trees.

These roads included Ricky Beth Lane, Hillcrest Park Road, Stonehedge Drive, Comly Avenue, Blind Brook Road, Fox Run Lane, 29-55 Richmond Hill Road, James Street, Norias Road, Flower Lane, Bowman Drive, Mackenzie Glen and Oneida Drive. Police tweeted out a full list of closures.

Stamford

More than 1,050 residents were without power, according to Eversource. This number jumped by about 100 customers mid-afternoon Sunday.

Danbury

Just over 200 customers are without power, according to Eversource.

Ridgefield

More than 500 Eversource customers are without power. Police reported 25 roads were closed earlier this morning.

New Fairfield

Eversource reported 525 reported outages. That’s 9 percent of town.

Redding

About 460 Eversource customers, or 12 percent of town, is without power. Route 107 at Umpawaug road remains closed. Several other roads, such as Newtown Turnpike and Sport Hill Road are also still closed.

Newtown

All but 30 customers have regained power. Still, police said 10 roads were closed this morning.

New Milford

About 360 customers still do not have power. This is 3 percent of the town. Eight roads remained closed Sunday morning.

Westport

About 500 outages were reported, according to Eversource. This was about 4 percent of the town.

Norwalk

More than 150 outages were reported, according to Eversource.

UPDATE 7:30 A.M. SUNDAY

While power was restored to some residents overnight, hundreds remain in the dark Sunday morning.

Eversource hopes power will be fully restored to all towns across the state by 9 p.m. Sunday. In some communities, such as Hartford and Waterbury, power has been restored to all but less than 1 percent of customers, according to Eversource’s latest estimates.

United Illuminating reports 93 customers are without power as of 6:30 a.m. Sunday, down from 272 customers Saturday night. The majority of these outages are in Easton.

Bridgeport

Power has been restored to all but two customers, as of 6:30 a.m. Sunday, according to United Illuminating.

Bethel

Fourty-two customers are without power, as of 6:30 a.m. Sunday. This is a slight increase from Saturday night, when all but 39 residents had power, according to Eversource.

Brookfield

The number of customers without power has remained at 89 since Saturday night, according to Eversource.

Danbury

Power was restored to about 160 people overnight. Less than 1 percent of the city—or 259 customers—are without power, as of 6:30 a.m., according to Eversource.

Darien

More than 150 people had power restored overnight, but 416 customers are still in the dark, according to Eversource.

Easton

United Illuminating reports 57 people are without power.

Fairfield

Power has been restored to all but eight customers. Almost 490 had been without power Saturday night, according to United Illuminating.

Greenwich

Although 2,200 customers had their power turn back on overnight, 13 percent of the town is still without power. That’s almost 3,500 customers, according to Eversource.

Milford

Power has been completely restored. Only 36 customers had been without power by Saturday night, according to United Illuminating.

Monroe

About 30 customers had power restored overnight, but 111 customers are still in the dark, according to Eversource.

New Canaan

More than 325 customers are without power, down from just over 450 customers on Saturday night, according to Eversource.

New Fairfield

More than 600 outages, or 10 percent of the town, are reported, according to Eversource.

But two roads that had been closed for more than a day reopened Sunday morning. Crews cleared a tree that had fallen on the wires on Route 39, reopening the road around 6 a.m. Sunday. The road had been closed at Warwick Road around 6 a.m. Saturday, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Route 37 was also reopened around 6 a.m Sunday. Authorities had closed Route 37 near Havalin Hollow Road at 4:45 p.m. Friday because of a tree that fell on the wires, according to the state Department of Transportation.

New Milford

More than 560 customers remain without power. That’s 4 percent of the town.

Norwalk

Under 200 customers had power restored overnight. Just over 250 customers are still without power, according to Eversource.

Redding

More than 670 customers, or 18 percent of the town, is without power, according to Eversource. Route 107 at Umpawaug Road remains closed because of a tree fallen on the wires.

Ridgefield

While 115 customers had power restored overnight, almost 630 outages are still reported, according to Eversource. That’s 6 percent of the town.

Seymour

Power went out for a few more customers overnight, but most of the town has power. Twenty-seven customers were without power as of 7 a.m. Sunday, but 14 customers reported outages the previous night, according to Eversource.

Shelton

Power had been completely restored by 7 a.m. Sunday, according to United Illuminating.

Stamford

Almost 700 customers regained power overnight, but nearly 1,070 are still in the dark, as of 7 a.m. Sunday. That’s 2 percent of the city, according to Eversource.

Several roads are still closed. Crews are working to clear Brookdale at High Ridge Road, North Lake Drive at Long Ridge Road, Laurel Ledge at Riverbank Road, Fifth Street to Vincent Court, and Scofieldtown Road from Haviland to Chestnut Hill Road, according to the police’s Twitter account.

Stratford

Power has been completely restored, according to United Illuminating.

Trumbull

All but 12 customers have regained power, according to United Illuminating.

Weston

More than 200 customers regained power overnight, but 250 are still in the dark. That’s 6 percent of town, according to Eversource.

Westport

About 100 customers had power restored overnight, but more than 450 are still without power, according to Eversource.

Wilton

More than 400 are without power and several roads remain closed.

Police reported on Facebook that 20/39 Old Huckleberry Road, , 84 Valeview Road, 128 Spoonwood Road, Hickory Hill Road/Millstone, 309 Sturges Ridge Road, were closed as of around 7:45 a.m.

But several roads, including 35 Collinswood Road, 41 Antler Lane, Boulder Brook Road, Deforest Road/Deforest Lane, and Wilton Woods Road/Long Meadow Road, reopened between 4 and 7:45 a.m.

Meanwhile, Olmstead Hill Road, Rivergate Drive, Powder Horn Hill Road, Catalpa Road and Scribner Hill Road were reopened earlier in the night.

The police department said Saturday they had responded to 140 calls since the storm. More than 80 of those calls were for poor road conditions, such as trees or wires on the street.

UPDATE, 9 P.M. SATURDAY:

As towns and cities work to recover from Friday’s nor’easter, the following updates were provided by local fire and police departments.

The most up-to-date information is below, based on what police, fire and town officials reported at the time of their posting on social media.

Power outages to United Illuminating can be reported at 1-800-722-5584. The company reported 272 without power as of 9:45 p.m. Saturday.

Report any power outages to Eversource at 1-800-286-2000. The company reported 20,024 without power as of 9:45 p.m. Saturday.

The numbers below are referring to the customers still in the dark are as of 8:45 p.m. or later Saturday.

Bridgeport

133 customers in Bridgeport remain without power Saturday. A majority of those without power are in the Black Rock and North End areas, city officials said.

United Illuminating estimated the lights should return for a majority of customers in the city by midnight.

Officials report no injuries caused by the storm, downed trees or wire. Residents are reminded not to touch or approach down wires.

Bethel

39 customers still without power Saturday.

Brookfield

89 customers still without power Saturday.

Flax Hill is closed.

Eversource reported 89 customers remained without power at 8:15 p.m.

Danbury

422 customers still without power Saturday.

Officials in the city reported around 4 p.m. that roads were mostly clear from debris and that any additional issues were being handled as soon as possible.

Darien

573 customers still without power Saturday.

Easton

164 customers still without power Saturday.

Morehouse Road at Morning Glory Drive, which was previously closed for flooding, is open. Police ask drivers to use caution, as there is still some water over the roadway.

Two customers remain without power, according to Eversource. UI reports 164 customers in Easton without power.

Fairfield

489 customers still without power Saturday.

Greenwich

5,719 customers still without power Saturday.

As one of the areas of Connecticut hit the hardest by the storm, crews -- from Eversource and the town - are working around the clock to restore power.

Milford

36 customers still without power Saturday.

Monroe/Stepney

142 customers still without power Saturday.

The fire department reported responding to several calls during the storm Friday evening into Saturday morning.

Among those calls, officials said, was the cleanup of a transformer oil spill when a pole came down on Bradley Drive.

Stepney Fire Department stepped in for a car that crashed into a pole on Pastors Walk.

Stepney firefighters also handled a tree and wire fire on Monroe Turnpike. Crews kept an eye on the fire for two hours early Saturday morning, waiting for the power company to respond as the fire burned and winds blew embers around nearby homes, officials said.

New Canaan

454 still without power Saturday.

The town’s Emergency Operation Center announced at 10:30 a.m. that town-wide restoration efforts were underway.

At that time, there were 31 roads with downed trees and wires. An updated number was not immediately available later Saturday.

Police ask that anyone who encounters caution tape or barricades blocking off roads do not move them or try to travel down the roads.

As people remain without power, they are reminded not to keep a generator inside, but to keep it outside and at least 10 feet away from their home.

Non-emergency situations can be reported to 203-594-3500. Life-threatening emergencies should be reserved for 911 calls.

Norwalk

433 customers still without power Saturday.

Norwalk’s emergency services had a “busy day” Friday, officials said.

There are still several roads in the city closed because of trees and wires down, officials said, though there were no specific roads provided.

Police ask anyone who sees wires down to call 911 and do not approach or touch them. If drivers see flooded roadways, police said, do not drive across them.

Ridgefield

746 customers still without power Saturday.

Around 4 p.m., police reported that roughly 20 roads in the town remained closed because of downed trees and wires. Police said the roads affected were back roads, not main ones. They were expected to be cleared later Saturday.

Seymour

14 customers still without power Saturday.

A car that crashed into a telephone pole Friday night caused police and fire personnel to shut down South Main Street between Colony Road and Bellevue Terrace. The road was expected to remain closed until utility companies could get to the site to make repairs.

Police reported at 7:30 a.m. Saturday that the road remained closed and was expected to be “beyond 3 p.m.” There was no immediate indication from police that the road had been reopened as of 8:30 p.m.

Shelton

8 customers still without power Saturday.

Stamford

1,753 customers still without power Saturday.

With the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade scheduled in downtown, crews worked throughout the evening to ensure the roadways were cleared for the parade to run without issue.

The parade, which kicked off at noon Saturday, was able to run on the expected street - Hoyt Street, Summer Street, Main Street, Atlantic Street, Broad Street, Bedford Street and North Street - without any problems.

Stratford

3 customers still without power Saturday.

Trumbull

15 customers still without power Saturday.

Weston

475 customers still without power Saturday.

Friday evening, Weston fire officials reported several incidents involving damage to the town’s power infrastructure.

Wires and trees were down throughout the down and crews were out Friday night, working to clear the roadways. A larger force was out Saturday working to cleanup debris.

Friday night, fire officials reported the following roads to have blockages: Davis Hill Road, Valley Forge Road, Kettlecreek Road, Old Hyde Road, Wampum Hill Road, Whippoorwill Road, Norfield Road, White Oak Lane, High Noon Road, Newtown Turnpike, Cindy Lane, Lords Highway, High Acre Road, Kellogg Hill Road, Ravenwood Road, Old Orchard Road, Hackberry Hill Road, Hidden Meadow, Blue Spruce Circle, Godfrey Road East, Farrell Road and Birch Hill Road.

There was no immediate word on which of those roads, if any, had been cleared by Saturday at 8:40 p.m.

Anyone who requires assistance can reach Weston emergency services at 203-222-2600.

Westport

556 customers still without power Saturday.

More than 24 hours ago, Westport police reported the following roads were closed: Turkey Hill Road South at Hillandale Road, Roseville Road area of Salem Road, the area of 326 Main Street, the area of 3 Bayberry Ridge, the area of 2 Hillyfield Lane, the area of 166 Compo Road South, the area of 5 Farnham Court, the area of 8 Warnock Drive, Canal Street at Woods Grove Road, the area of 18 High Gate, the area of 12 Side Hill Road, the area of 17 Saxon Lane, the area of 10 Highland Lane and Compo Road South at Bridge Street.

There was no word Saturday evening around 8:45 p.m. on whether these areas had been cleared of the trees, wires and debris that caused emergency officials to close them Friday evening.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Tens of thousands of people across the state remained without power Saturday, after a nor’easter the day before brought rain and fierce winds that knocked down countless trees, including one that killed a man on the Merritt Parkway.

Utilities said some customers would have to wait until Sunday — or longer — before their electricity was restored.

As of 4:15 p.m. Saturday, across the state, Eversource reported 23,702 customers without power, while United Illuminating reported 453. Greenwich (5,709) and Stamford (1,740) remained the two hardest-hit municipalities in the state, as of 7:20 p.m.

It was the same across much of the Northeast, as coastal communities experienced damaging high-tide flooding and the lingering wind. In all, more than 2 million homes and businesses from Virginia to Maine lost power at some point because of the storm.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency Saturday, joining governors in Maryland and Virginia who had earlier made the declarations.

By Saturday evening, power outages on the East Coast had dipped by about 500,000. But high winds were still making it hard for utility crews to get all the lights back on.

In Connecticut, Eversource officials said there were “nearly 100 broken (utility) poles, damaged transformers and about 11 miles of downed electrical wires to repair. ... In many cases, we’ve had to rebuild the electric system.”

The majority of Eversource customers still in the dark would likely have their power back by 9 p.m. Sunday, utility spokesman Mitch Gross said. But despite the “all hands on deck” approach, Gross said, it could take several days to restore power to some customers.

“We’re doing everything that we can to restore power to all of our customers today, and we’re doing that as quickly and safely as possible,” Gross said.

Death on the Parkway

Jonathan Rodriguez-Melendez, 25, of Hawthorne, N.J. was identified as the man killed Friday afternoon on the Merritt Parkway, near exit 33 south.

Connecticut State Police said a tree dislodged and fell on top of the Mini Cooper Rodriguez-Melendez was driving. The car’s passenger was taken to Greenwich Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

There were other storm-related deaths elsewhere. A 57-year-old Pennsylvania man and a 37-year-old Massachusetts man were also killed when trees fell on their vehicles Friday. A man and a 6-year-old boy were killed in different parts of Virginia, while an 11-year-old boy in New York state and a man in Rhode Island, both died. A 77-year-old woman died after being struck by a branch outside her home near Baltimore.

The storm prompted more than 2,800 flight cancellations, mostly in the Northeast on Friday. LaGuardia and Kennedy airports in New York City were brought to a near standstill. A day later, airports from Washington, D.C. to Boston were still reporting dozens of delays and cancellations, but they were recovering.

The storm also knocked out Amtrak service between Washington D.C. and New York before it was restored Saturday morning. In Connecticut, Metro-North rail service was limited Friday because of trees on the tracks, and buses replaced trains on the New Canaan line. Late Saturday afternoon, Metro-North reported that its rail lines were fully operational again.

Greenwich Police reported “several hundreds” of trees knocked down during the peak of the storm Friday, and town officials urged residents to stay home so public works crews could clear the roads.

Throughout Friday night, Bridgeport police responded to calls for wires, trees and branches down across the city, dispatch reports indicated. Most people who lost power in the city were in the Black Rock area, officials said.

By 7 p.m. Saturday, UI reported that 133 Bridgeport customers remained without power. WPKN, a Bridgeport-based radio station at 89.5 FM, was offline, because the storm knocked out its transmitter.

Handling massive outages

When restoring power after a major storm, Eversource said, the company focuses on bringing power back to critical facilities first - including hospitals and police and fire departments.

“Safety is always a top priority,” said a tweet from Eversource on Saturday. “We respond to emergency 9-1-1 call, clear electric equipment from blocked roads and complete damage assessments.”

Average wind gusts were recorded Friday in the range of 40 to 60 mph throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties.

Though the winds started to die down around midnight Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, gusts were strong enough Saturday to prevent electric companies from restoring power in some places.

Out-of-state utility crews came to Connecticut on Saturday to help Eversource workers. Michael Hayhurst, the utility’s vice presidents of electric operations in Connecticut, said Saturday afternoon that crews had restored power to more than 134,000 customers since the storm began.

“This storm was extremely destructive, bringing down thousands of trees around the state, making it difficult for our crews to travel to locations where work needs to be done,” Hayhurst said.

The Associated Press and staff reporters John Nickerson, Ken Borsuk, Pat Tomlinson and Zach Murdock contributed to this report.

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