Eversource prepares for high winds, rain expected this Sunday

Crews hired by Eversource replace equipment on poles along Route 111, near Historic Drive following a storm last year.

BERLIN, CT — With high winds and rain expected to impact Connecticut Sunday night into Monday, Eversource is closely monitoring several weather forecasts and planning accordingly.

The energy company is bringing in outside crews to assist with power restoration. Crews are preparing equipment and vehicles and will be in position in advance of the storm so they can quickly respond when and where needed.

“The combination of soaking rain and strong winds can more easily bring down trees and tree limbs onto power lines and equipment causing outages, so we’re taking all necessary actions now to ensure our team is ready to respond,” said Eversource Connecticut President Steve Sullivan.

“We’ll have crews prepositioned at our work centers throughout the state before the storm hits, so they can immediately get to any damage locations and restore power as quickly as possible,” he said.

Customers are encouraged to prepare for the storm by assembling or restocking a storm kit, which should include essentials like flashlights, batteries, water, nonperishable foods, pet food and essentials and any needed medications.

In addition, make sure cell phones and devices are fully charged, create an emergency plan with family members and prepare to check on elderly neighbors and friends.

Eversource reminds customers to always stay clear of downed wires and to report them immediately by calling 911. Be sure to report any outage online at Eversource.com, or by calling 800-286-2000. Customers who signed up for the company’s two-way texting feature can send a text to report an outage and receive outage updates as they happen.

Additional preparedness tips can be found at the Storm Preparedness section at Eversource.com.

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