Governor Lamont Declares CT State of Emergency; Power May Take 3-5 Days to Restore

On Wednesday morning Governor Ned Lamont declared a state of emergency as a result of the Tropical Storm Isaias on Connecticut which caused persistent power outages, closed roads and thousands of downed trees and power lines.

Lamont said residents are advised to prepare for possibly three to five days without electricity.

“This is the third-worst hit in terms of outages in the history of the state, so we’re not going to over promise,” Lamont said.

Crews continue to assess storm damage, which Lamont said cut power to more than 700,000 homes and businesses in the state.

On Tuesday night First Selectman Fred Camillo declared a local state of emergency.

Eversource released a statement saying the impact from Isaias, in terms of customers affected in Connecticut, is greater than Superstorm Sandy.

For anyone who has not yet been able to report an outage, Eversource says best option on Wednesday is to go to this page on their website. and enter your phone number or your Eversource account number and click the “Go” button.

“Hundreds of Eversource line, tree and service crews worked through the night after Tropical Storm Isaias and associated tornadoes tore through Connecticut causing widespread and historic damage to the company’s electric system,” Eversource said in a statement Wednesday.

The utility is operating under its COVID-19 pandemic plan, and adhering to  strict social distancing, hygiene and enhanced sanitation measures. They say their crews are working around-the-clock shifts to address emergency situations, clear blocked roads, assess damage and restore power.

Eversource advises residents to stay as far away as possible from downed wires and trees that may have wires caught in them. Always assume the wire is live and call 911 and Eversource immediately.

Photo courtesy Eversource