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Connecticut Light And Power

August 28, 2011 by USA Post 

Connecticut Light And PowerConnecticut Light And Power, About 70,000 customers without electricity as Hurricane Irene Connecticut Shakes the East Coast.
Connecticut Light & Power Co. reported about 60,000 power outages early
Sunday. The United Illuminating Co. reported about 10,000 outages.

Spokesmen for utilities said Saturday that hundreds of teams from as far away as Illinois, Michigan and Quebec are ready to help in Connecticut.

CL & P and UI officials say crews did not start until the you can restore the conditions are safe. Hurricane force winds are expected to arrive later on Sunday morning state.

CL & P serves 1.2 million customers in Connecticut. IU offers 324,000 electricity customers in New Haven and Bridgeport areas along the coast. State officials say the storm outages could last several days in some places.

The storm is expected to make landfall in the Stamford area around noon on Sunday, and bring storm surges of 4 to 7 feet over Long Island and up to 10 inches of rain on parts of an already soaked state rain.

State officials are considering closing the roads, and the governor expects the tree-lined avenues Merritt Wilbur Cross is closed on Saturday night.

“I’m asking people to understand the implications of this storm,” the governor said Dannel P. Malloy. “It would be fun to be amid winds of 50 mph, with trees falling.”

Residents and business owners rushed to make final preparations. Many attended the calls to leave or decided to go it alone, while others planned to travel to Irene.

“I have two small children, so we will not be here,” said Steffi Williams, 41, who lives in a beachfront home in Milford. She was on her way to a hotel further inland in Shelton on Saturday, before the municipal authorities ordered mandatory evacuations. She said her house is in the middle of being refurbished and had hurricane-resistant windows put it

“This is the first real test,” said Williams. “We’ll see if it was worth all the money we paid for it.

Tom Salzano Milford put tape on the windows of his house by the sea to protect them from strong winds, but considering the purchase of wood after seeing some of its neighbors boarding up their homes. He said that half of the roof flew in a recent storm.

“I’m a little worried to be honest,” said Salzano. “The wind can be very uncomfortable here.”

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. said the city was ordering residents to evacuate Morris Cove near Tweed-New Haven, the airport due to flooding expected.

“Just basically two ways in and out, and going to get isolated,” DeStefano said on Morris Cove. “We would have great difficulty in getting emergency vehicles in and out. The smartest thing to do is be safe than sorry.”

In Bridgeport, the state’s largest city, Mayor Bill Finch ordered evacuations in all low lying areas of the city into four officials went door-pm gate before to ask people out, and Finch said more manpower is deployed through late Saturday night to help with evacuations.

Residents and business owners rushed to make final preparations. Many attended the calls to leave or decided to go it alone, while others planned to travel to Irene.

“I have two small children, so we will not be here,” said Steffi Williams, 41, who lives in a beachfront home in Milford. She was on her way to a hotel further inland in Shelton on Saturday, before the municipal authorities ordered mandatory evacuations. She said her house is in the middle of being refurbished and had hurricane-resistant windows put it

“This is the first real test,” said Williams. “We’ll see if it was worth all the money we paid for it.

Tom Salzano Milford put tape on the windows of his house by the sea to protect them from strong winds, but considering the purchase of wood after seeing some of its neighbors boarding up their homes. He said that half of the roof flew in a recent storm.

“I’m a little worried to be honest,” said Salzano. “The wind can be very uncomfortable here.”

The forecast shows rain and tropical storm force winds moving south from Connecticut between 10 pm and midnight Saturday, state officials said. Category 1-hurricane force winds of at least 74 mph are expected to hit the coast about Sunday 7 am.

Malloy said 500 National Guard troops would be deployed before the storm makes landfall. He warned residents that the authorities may be able to help people during the storm, is expected to be the first hurricane to make a direct impact on the state in 20 years.

Officials also predicted widespread disruption of service, extended power, possibly several days.

Spokesmen for Connecticut Light & Power Co. and The United Illuminating Co., the two largest electric utilities in the state, said hundreds of firefighters and hundreds of regular service out of state workers, including some from as far away as Illinois, Michigan and Quebec, Canada, is ready to begin restoring the cuts as soon as weather permits.

Workers at the Millstone nuclear power complex in Waterford, just off Long Island Sound, were ready to close the two reactors at the site, if winds reach or are expected to reach more than 90 miles per hour, Millstone spokesman Ken Holt said. He said the process takes several hours.

Holt said late Saturday that authorities do not believe that the reactors should be shut, but were monitoring the storm. He said the plants were operating at reduced power reactor in case.

“We have strong flood barriers in place. We have watertight doors,” said Holt. “Nuclear plants are among the toughest structures in the country.”

Almost all flights from Bradley International Airport north of Hartford scheduled for Sunday were canceled, and airport officials were waiting to return to a normal schedule Monday.

Metro-North train service was suspended at noon Saturday, and the eastern coast of Connecticut Transit rail service and bus service were to stop running at 8 pm

Malloy urged people to leave the state highways and the sunset to finish their preparations for the storm as soon as possible. Irene said could be the worst meteorological phenomenon in the history of the state since the hurricane of 1938, which brought 17-foot storm surge and killed 600.

At the base of Navy submarines in Groton, storm preparations were almost complete on Saturday. Base spokesman Chris Zendan said the four submarines that were in the base moved to the sea in deep water and 22,000 sandbags were placed around the facility there. Coast Guard is expected to pass at least one of their ships further up the River Thames, the submarine base security.

“We are preparing for the worst of a storm surge of nine to 10 feet,” said Zendan.

Along the coast of Branford, ferries travel between the coast and the Thimble Islands on Saturday that residents and tourists from the left before the storm. The local fire department was one island to another on boats urging people to leave. Firefighters said about 50 people were gone, others were finishing up to their homes with plans to leave, but insisted on five weather the storm. A dozen islands have their houses on them.

“We were advised that they will be more or less on their own for a while,” said Fire Capt. Steve Palumbo. “We do what we can suggest that down. At some point, we will not have access to them.”

Shelters were set up across the state, and authorities were talking to the nursing home may be at risk.

Officials at the tennis tournament in New Haven Open final was moved to the championship at 1 pm Saturday from 5 pm and remove markers with 2-ton cranes. The world No. 1 women’s player, Caroline Wozniacki defeated Petra Cetkovska for his fourth consecutive title in New Haven, before heading to the U.S. Open next week in New York.

Wozniacki boyfriend, U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy of golf, spent a week with her on the Yale campus, and watched the game from the player’s box.

He asked about traveling to New York, Wozniacki said: “We are reviewing the radar all the time. It looks good now. We’ll be safe inside tonight.”

A volunteer from the tournament, Mary Ann Mitchell, of North Haven, said he was preparing to storm a little water bottling, filling the tub with water and remove objects from your yard. She believed people were overreacting to the storm.

“I know they are predicting no electricity for a week, maybe five days, so I know that people have to be prepared,” she said, “But it’s hard to believe that some of the cars out of the (grocery store). I think that will be set for a month. ”

Connecticut has not been affected by a hurricane since Bob hit southeast New England in 1991, causing six deaths in the state and around and $ 680 million in damage in the region.

Mystic Seaport closed for the weekend to prepare the museum buildings; artifacts and historical whale ship Charles W. 1841 Morgan for the storm. That ship is already fixed in a special holder in the shipyards as part of a restoration project and museum officials say it is well above the high water mark.

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