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UI Preparing for Wind Storm

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Feb 242019
 

Customers Advised To Sign Up for Outage Alerts and Prepare for Possibility of Extended Outages

United Illuminating, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), is monitoring forecasts and preparing for a weather event that could bring damaging winds across the state tonight and Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for most of UI’s service territory from 10 p.m. tonight through 6 p.m. Monday, with sustained winds ranging from 25 to 35 mph, and the potential for gusts reaching 55 mph. These conditions could damage trees and take down power lines, causing power disruptions.

Customers are urged to monitor weather forecasts, stay safe and have a plan in case of an extended service outage. Locations of warming centers and other resources can be found by calling Connecticut’s InfoLine at 2-1-1, or by visiting www.211ct.org. To sign up to receive free UI outage alerts and restoration updates on mobile devices, customers can text “REG” to 839-884, or visit uinet.com for additional alert outages.

UI has created staffing plans for field personnel and has arranged for contractor line and vegetation management crews to be standing by. UI is also working with other AVANGRID companies in the region to ensure a flexible and well-coordinated response. Other preparations include servicing vehicles and ensuring adequate stock of equipment such as wires, poles, and transformers. The company will work with local and state emergency officials to prioritize public safety and the restoration of critical services.

Customers are advised to stay far away from downed lines and anything that may be in contact with them. Downed lines can be live and dangerous even if they don’t appear to be energized. Report them to UI at 800-722-5584 (800.7.CALL.UI).

The company offers the following storm preparation and safety tips:

Before a Storm:

  • Sign up for Outage Alerts. Text “REG” to 839-884 to receive free text alerts if you lose service, and for restoration updates. Or, go to uinet.com for additional alert options.
  • Keep long-lasting LED flashlights and lanterns on hand, along with a battery-operated radio, fresh batteries, drinking water, non-perishable foods, and prescription medications.
  • Fully charge mobile devices and store emergency contacts in memory.
  • Fuel your vehicles.

Medical and Life Support Customers:

  • Customers who rely on life-saving medical equipment should have a plan in case of a sudden or extended loss of service. UI medical and life-support customers should register in advance to ensure we are aware of your needs as we proceed with restoration efforts. Call UI at 800-722-5584 (800.7.CALL.UI).

Generators:

  • Hire a licensed electrician to install generators and transfer switches.
  • Carefully read and observe all instructions in your generator’s operating manual.
  • Properly ground all portable generators.
  • Never run a generator indoors, in an open garage, or near a window.
  • Do not store fuel indoors or try to refuel a generator while it’s running.

Report an Outage:

  • To report an outage, call 800-722-5584 (800.7.CALL.UI). Customers can also report outages online at uinet.com, or text “OUT” to 839-884.

For additional storm readiness and safety information:

Breaking: Severe Thunderstorm Warning In Effect NOW

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Aug 132016
 

severe-thunderstorm-warningA severe thunderatorm warning has been issued for this area until 1 a.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning means conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the warning area.

By definition, this is a thunderstorm that produces one inch hail (the size of a quarter) or larger in diameter and/or winds equal or exceed 58 miles an hour.

Therefore, people in the affected area should seek safe shelter immediately. Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes with little or no advance warning.

 

Weather Update: A Little More Than 6-Inches

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Jan 232016
 

File photo: If you find yourself stranded Stay with your car.

File photo: If you find yourself stranded Stay with your car.

Blizzard Jonas has been a real bear for forecasters. As of 11 p.m. on Friday, local weather professionals were still telling us to expect about 6-8 inches on the shore.

Today, the National Weather Service is telling a different story. The blizzard warning remains in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday.

What to expect:

Blizzard conditions with heavy snow and potentially damaging winds causing considerable blowing and drifting snow and near-zero visibility.

How Much?: Be prepared for accumulation of 12-18 inches of snow and northerly winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts up to 50 MPH.

The Chill Is On: Temperatures will remain in the mid-20s.

Travel: Dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds with whiteout conditions likely. Secondary roads in some areas may become impassable.

Charge Your Electronics: Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.

A blizzard warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely.

Do Not Travel: If you must travel have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded stay with your vehicle.

During this storm, you should be sure to have the following in your vehicle:

Jumper cables
Fleece blanket
First aid kit
Road flares
Foods high in calories: nuts, beef jerky, etc.
Water
Extra hats and gloves
Ice scraper
Reflective vest or clothing

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Be Prepared For Possible Nasty Weather

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May 312015
 

A screen shot of the storm's location at 5 p.m.

A screen shot of the storm’s location at 5 p.m.

Strong thunderstorms are moving toward our area.

You may expect winds in excess of 40 mph and dime size hail are possible with the storm.

Towns in its path have experienced torrential rainfall and there is a threat of localized flooding. — Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

This storm is proving to be unpredictable and may intensify. Pay attention to weather warnings on TV, Radio and the Internet.

Use common sense and be careful.

Wind Advisory In Effect This Afternoon Through Tomorrow

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Jan 302015
 

wind-advisoryA Wind Advisory is in effect from 4 p.m. this afternoon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Be prepared for:

– Strong Winds.

– Winds Northwest 15 To 25 mph With Gusts 45 To 50 mph.

– Strong winds may down some tree limbs and power lines and make driving high profile vehicles difficult especially on elevated roadways and bridges.

A Wind Advisory Is Issued When Sustained Winds Of 31 To 39 mph Or Gusts Of 46 To 57 mph Are Expected Or Occurring. 

Use extra caution.

Blizzard Warning Issued

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Jan 262015
 

Blizzard Warning 2013The latest from the National Weather Service, Blizzard Warning remains in effect until midnight Tuesday night.

“Crippling and potentially historic blizzard will impact the area into Tuesday,” the NWS announced.

Much of the report mirrors what Orange Live published yesterday.

• Heavy Snow and blowing snow with blizzard conditions.

• Accumulations of 20 – 30 Inches with locally higher amounts.

• Snowfall rates 2-4 inches per hour late tonight into Tuesday morning.

• Northerly winds 20 – 30 mph with gusts up to 50-60 mph.

• Visibility of 1/4 mile or less at times.

• Temperatures in low to mid 20s.

• Accumulations of up to 4 inches by sunset. Snow will pick up in intensity tonight with the heaviest snowfall and strongest winds from around midnight into Tuesday afternoon.

• Life threatening conditions and extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds with whiteout conditions. Many roads may become impassable and strong winds my down power lines and tree limbs.

• Do not travel, but if you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. All unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon to allow people already on the road to safely reach their destinations before the heavy snow begins and to allow snow removal equipment to clear the roads.

• A travel ban is in effect beginning at 9 p.m. per the governor, so aside from police, emergency crews and snow removal crews, no one is allowed on the roads until the ban is lifted.