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‘Shame on You Eversource’: Conn. Leaders Sound Off as Hundreds of Thousands Remain Without Power – NBC Connecticut

Hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents remain without power nearly three days after Tropical Storm Isaias, which struck on Tuesday killing two people and leaving widespread damage across the state and entire towns in the dark.

The outages continue into a third full day as many try to work from home amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and as the forecast calls for the start of a heatwave on Sunday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency notified the state Friday that President Donald Trump approved a federal emergency declaration for Connecticut. The declaration will allow for the state, Mashantucket Pequot Indian Tribe, the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for federal funding support.

Eversource estimates it will have power restored to the “vast majority” of customers by late Tuesday night, a full week after Tropical Storm Isaias hit the state. The company says they will have restoration “substantially complete,” which means fewer than 1 percent of customers will be without power.

On Friday, the National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado with winds up to 105 mph was confirmed in Westport from Tropical Storm Isaias. According to First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan, this is the first tornado on record in Connecticut associated with a tropical storm or hurricane.

More than 700 crews have been working to restore power, Eversource said. Starting today, Connecticut will be receiving aid from out-of-state crews which the company says will increase crew resources to 1,189.

President of Regional Electric Operations Craig Hallstrom said 565,000 customers have been restored.

Source: ‘Shame on You Eversource’: Conn. Leaders Sound Off as Hundreds of Thousands Remain Without Power – NBC Connecticut

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