Storms cause scattered power outages

A band of heavy thunderstorms that moved across southwestern Connecticut early Thursday morning  left a number of power outages in its wake.

Connecticut Light & Power reported nearly 1,300 customers without power, as of 1 p.m., the bulk of them, 871, in Stamford.

Other towns that lost power included Westport, Wilton, Greenwich, Brookfield and Redding.

“The outages are directly related to the storm.” Cl&P spokesman Mitch Gross said. “If you look at the path of the storm, you can trace the outages.

“We’ve had lightning strikes and downed wires but we are working to get our affected customers’ power restored as quickly and as safely as possible.”

The first line of storms had moved into New London County by 1 p.m., but a second front was about to cross into lower Fairfield County, Gross said.

“We deal with this all the time. We’re prepared for it and we’ll have power restored as soon as safely possible,” the CL&P spokesman said.

By mid-afternoon, the number of outages was dropping rapidly.

Stamford that a one time had more than 800 outages was down to 84 at 1:30 p.m.

For an updated list on CL&P outages, click here.

United Illuminating reported no widespread power outages.


Jim Shay