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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:

Wind Advisory In Effect Late Tonight Through Tomorrow Afternoon

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Oct 262018
 

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for our area.

The wind advisory will remain in effect 1 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Easterly winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph can be expected late tonight through Saturday morning.

Possible impacts include downed tree limbs, trees and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected.

To prepare, make sure all light and loose objects, including chairs, tables, flower pots, etc. are secured or moved into a safe enclosed space.

High Wind Advisory In Effect

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Dec 252017
 

A wind advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. tonight.

Expect westerly winds of 10-20 mph with gusts up to 55 mph.

The high winds could cause downed tree limbs and branches and isolated power outages.

A wind advisory means that sustained winds of 31-39 mph are expected, with gusts between 46 to 57 mph. Winds this strong are capable of taking down small tree limbs and branches. Driving can be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution if you must drive tonight.


Just In: Weather Alert

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Mar 222017
 

The National Weather Service just posted a weather alert — wind advisory — effective until 6 p.m.

Northwesterly winds of 20-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

Strongest winds this afternoon will decrease in the evening.

Gusty winds will blow unsecured objects around and tree limbs could be blown down possibly resulting in a few power outages.

 

Wind Advisory In Effect

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Dec 152016
 

wind-advisoryThe National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for today.

Strong winds today and tonight from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a high wind warning is in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Friday.

Expect northwesterly winds of 20-30 MPH today with gusts up to 50 MPH today and up to 60 MPH tonight.

Damaging winds may blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are possible.

Travel is expected to be difficult especially for high profile vehicles.

 

Wind Advisory Through Tuesday Evening

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Mar 282016
 

wind-advisoryThe National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory/weather alert for strong winds tonight through Tuesday evening.

Strong westerly 15 to 25 mph winds winds with gusts up to 50 mph are expected through 6 p.m. tomorrow.

We can expect isolated power outages, downed tree limbs and difficulty driving high profile vehicles.

Use extra caution if you are going out.

As of 11 p.m. NO power outages in Orange. (But in Woodbridge 38 customers were without power)

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.