Eversource reaches goal by restoring more than 99% of customers
Less than 1 percent of Eversource’s Connecticut customers remain without power late Tuesday night, more than one week after Tropical Storm Isaias tore through the state.
Eversource announced it expected to have power restored to 99 percent of its customer base in the state after the damaging storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of the utility company’s customers.
Around 10 p.m. Tuesday, Eversource reported 6,739 outages remains — which the company said represents 0.53 percent of its 1,281,332 customers.
Among the areas without power, a bulk of outages remained in Bethel (292), Brookfield (122), Danbury (1,626), Greenwich (166), New Milford (443), Newtown (688), Norwalk (183), Ridgefield (565), Salisbury (181), Stamford (319), Washington (185), Weston (141), Westport (456) and Wilton (303).
When the storm hit, a tornado touched down in Westport; winds ripped down trees, tree limbs and power lines, blocking scores of roads across the state for days. At the height of outages, utility companies reported a combined roughly 1 million customers without power.
Eversource said more than 2,500 line and tree crews have been working “nonstop to repair the extensive damage and restore remaining outages.”
Craig Hallstrom, Eversource’s president of regional electric operations, said at this point in the restoration efforts, final outages often call for time-consuming, extensive repairs.
“For example, we can have five or more crews — which can be about 18 people — working most of the day to repair the damage at one location and that will bring power back to only one customer,” Hallstorm said.
He said the damaged caused by Tropical Storm Isaias “rivals — and in many cases surpasses — the destruction caused by other recent historic storms.”
During Isaias, more than 20,000 spots across the state saw damage, compared with 16,101 during Tropical Storm Irene and 16,460 during Superstorm Sandy.
Eversource said it reached peak outages for Isaias — 632,632 customers — 3:30 p.m. Aug. 5, about 24 hours after the storm hit. Peak outages reached 671,000 Eversource customers during Irene, while less than 500,000 of the utility service’s customers were without power during Sandy’s peak, according to Eversource.
The utility company said it restored power to about 550 polling sites ahead of Connecticut’s primary election day on Tuesday.
Eversource’s territory has nearly 1.3 million customers in 149 of the state’s 169 municipalities. A listing of estimated restoration times can be found at eversource.com.
While Eversource crews continue to push ahead, United Illuminating already reached its goal of restoring power to 99 percent of its customers by midnight Monday. UI’s 17-town service area in New Haven and Fairfield counties has 337,496 customers.
As of around 10 p.m. Tuesday, there were only 9 UI customers without power. Three of those outages were in Bridgeport, two each in New Haven and North Haven and one each in Hamden and Shelton.