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).


  • 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:

Not A Lot, But Dozens Of Orange Residents Are Powerless Tonight

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May 152018

There were numerous tornado warnings across the state today as a strong storm front blasted through Connecticut.

One man on Candlewood Lake in Danbury sought shelter inside his vehicle when a tree fell on it and killed him. Relatives who live in that area could not get to their home after work and reported that their neighbors’ cars were totaled by fallen trees.

Two well-known farms in Bethany were hard-hit. The historic Clovernook Farm and Locket’s Meadow on opposite ends of town seemed to get a direct hit from a possible tornado as it made its way to Hamden.

At Clovernook, one building lifted up and fell down on another, and at Locket’s Meadow, an animal rescue farm, owner Kathleen Schurman was scooping up pigs, lambs, and other small animals along with her dogs and birds and carrying them to safety in the basement of her home. Large tree limbs crashed through and damaged buildings on the property.

Orange saw its share of hail, downed power lines, and trees, but nothing like some other cities and towns, especially Brookfield, from what we’re hearing.

At 10:30 p.m., 56 UI customers were still without electricity (stemming from 9 different events in town) Deer Run Lane off of Turkey Hill Road was one area where power was out.

Hang in there everyone. The UI workers are doing their best and everybody needs to be patient during the restoration process.



UPDATED: Are You Powerless? Let Us Know

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Mar 022018

As of 5:15 p.m., the UI is reporting that 63 customers are without power due to 4 incidents in town.

What the company does not specify is WHERE the power is out and WHY.

If you are without power, go to our Facebook Page, report your situation, how long you’ve been powerless and include the reason, if you know. 

What areas of town have trees/tree limbs down, damaged power lines, etc.

Thanks so much, and good luck!

At 7 a.m. on Saturday, a resident reported that power was out on Prudden Lane. “We are the 4 houses that face the Merrit Parkway. Been out since around 4 pm yesterday.”
Later in the day, she reported that the Power was back on.

This was the ONLY person to report an outage.

Did The Storm Leave You Powerless?

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Jan 242017

The worst of the nor’easter should have passed by the time you read this.

The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory on Monday at 10:28 p.m. that was in effect until 6 a.m. today.

It Called for northeast winds of 20-30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

They warned that strong winds may blow down tree limbs, trees and power lines and cause scattered power outages.

Also limited visibility that would make travel difficult.

We did see many fallen branches and tree limbs scattered around several areas of town, and 2 events in Orange caused 62 UI customers to lose electricity.

ALERT: Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Until 9 a.m. Tuesday (Extremely Hazardous Travel Conditions)

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Feb 022015

winter-weather-advisoryA winter weather advisory has been issued for our area. Effective now through 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Among the hazardous conditions are significant icing; northwest winds of 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph; temperatures of 6 to 20 above with wind chills of 0 to 10 below.

The advisory includes a warning of hazardous travel, especially on untreated surfaces due to snow and ice covered roads and walkways.

Scattered power outages are possible from falling tree limbs.

Significant black ice is expected to cause travel difficulties, so be prepared for slippery roads and use caution while driving.

Kevin Arnone: Heavy Winds Could Cause Power Outages

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Jan 302013

Here is the latest from our meteorologist Kevin Arnone

Strong Cold Front moves though Wednesday Night where we may hear some rumbles of thunder and flooding rain.  The warm air we experience on Wednesday will be very short lived as the Cold Air returns Thursday Night and into the weekend.

* First showers after 8 PM
* Heaviest rain between 2 AM – 6 AM
* 1-2 inches of Rain ( Locally more in T-Storm)
* Ch. T-Storms between 2 AM – 6 AM (Stronger winds and heavier rain)
* Downed limbs possible as well as power outages

Kevin Arnone: Lets Talk Hurricane Sandy

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Oct 252012

This model shows Sandy coming in between New York City and New Jersey.

Hurricane Storm Sandy Update: Oct. 25 @ 8pm

Category 2 Storm moving NNW over Bahamas at 17 mph over warm water. Current sustained winds at 100 mph and gusts of 125 mph and pressure at 965 mb.

Some Weather Model Talk:

The European Computer model or “ECMWF” which has been the most consistent over the past few days concerning Sandy now has the strong storm first making landfall south of NJ.  But by no means are we out of the loop.  The GFS Computer model, which has been all over the place concerning Sandy, now is beginning to shape up. Earlier in the week the GFS had Sandy way out to see but the latest 18z run brings the center of the storm south of the NYC area.

Sandy is a well-organized, big and strong CAT 2 storm right now and is expected to weaken to a CAT 1 Friday morning but still will pack a punch. Getting caught up in the category of a hurricane is sometimes a waste of time in my eyes because there are so many other factors that go in to the actual strength of the storm other then wind. Example being size and how fast it’s moving. For what it’s worth I also have been studying the NOGAPS Model which is the United States Navy Model. This one is along the same lines as the GFS Model.

The NHC as of 8pm on Thursday is forecasting the track of Sandy to make landfall between NYC and Central New Jersey, which may still lead to a very ugly situation for CT residents.

My Concern:

What am I concerned about and what should you do???

Sandy is a very strong storm and a rare one.  If these forecasts hold true, Sandy will be making landfall moving in a North Western direction. Bringing ESE winds that will raise the storm surge in Long Island significantly.  Problem with Long Island Sound is that the water has nowhere to go so it will cause coastal flooding.

Monday night is expected to be the worst of the weather. Monday night also is a full moon which will naturally cause the tides to be higher, 7 feet higher to be exact.  If this forecast stands true we could be talking major flooding which will be much worse then what we saw last year during Irene. However I do not want anyone to panic,

I just want you to be aware and to pay attention to future updates concerning Sandy as a more “Set in stone” forecast will likely evolve over the next 24-36 hours.  Also it doesn’t hurt to begin preparation for a situation where you may lose power for a few days.

I will be constantly updated my website (available by clicking on the weather tab on Orangectlive.com) as new data comes in but as always you can follow me on twitter and like me on Facebook as I have been posting up to the minute Sandy Facts.

If you have any questions feel free to email me @ MeteorologistKevin.Arnone@gmail.com