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TORNADO WATCH In Effect

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Aug 012021
 

A Tornado Watch is in effect for the shoreline counties (Fairfield, New Haven – through New London) until 1 a.m.

A tornado watch is typically issued hours in advance by NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC). It means that conditions are ideal for a tornado to form.
Tornado Watch: Be Prepared!
Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives! Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.

If you have advance notice, seek a nearby shelter. If you are  in your home when you receive notice, a basement or interior room are best.

If there is no time available, lie flat in the nearest depression, ditch or culvert and cover your head with your arms.

Hurricane Elsa Headed To CT

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Jul 072021
 

Yes, it’s early in her development, but be aware that the early forecasts have Hurricane Elsa landing in CT sometime on Friday morning.

Living in New England and having endured many hurricanes in the past, we know that they can be a bit unpredictable, so just pay attention to the weather forecasts and be prepared for whatever she may bring.

Hurricanes that have heavily impacted CT have arrived in August, September, or October but never this early.

For example, Hurricane Gloria made landfall in Milford as a Category 1 on Sept. 27, 1985.

Pay attention and be prepared to secure any loose objects in case she’s still got some power by Friday.

UI Issues Holiday Weather Advisory

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Dec 232020
 

Preparations underway for wind and rain storm forecast for Thursday night and Friday morning

United Illuminating is monitoring forecasts and making preparations ahead of a wind and rain storm that has the potential to cause service interruptions over the Christmas holiday.

The storm is expected to bring rain and strong, gusty winds picking up on Thursday evening and continuing into early Friday morning. These conditions could cause downed wires and power outages.

UI’s Storm Team has been actively planning, and line and tree crews will be standing ready to restore any power outages that might occur during the overnight hours. The company is prepared to open its Storm Center and Customer Care Center over the holiday, and to mobilize any additional resources that may be necessary to restore service quickly and safely.

“While our hope is that this storm passes without impact, the weather takes no holidays, and we are ready to serve our customers 365 days a year,” said UI President Frank Reynolds.

UI advises customers to be prepared year-round for the possibility of weather-related outages, and to have a plan in case of an extended loss of service. Customers can find safety and readiness information, and other resources, at uinet.com.

Before a Storm:

  • Sign up for Outage Alerts. Text “REG” to 839-884 (TEXT-UI) to receive free text alerts if you lose service, and for restoration updates. Or, visit 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 vehicles and fill spare fuel tanks for generators.

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 the company is aware of their needs. Call UI at 800.722.5584 (800.7.CALL.UI).

Generators:

  • Do not use a generator that plugs into your home’s electrical system unless it is connected via a transfer switch installed by a licensed electrician. Improperly connected generators can back-feed electricity into the outside grid and pose a danger to the public and to crews working to restore service.
  • Carefully read and observe the 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, visit uinet.com or call 800.722.5584 (800.7.CALL.UI).
  • Report outages using the company’s new mobile app, available from the Apple Store and Google Play.
  • Report outages via UI’s mobile alerts system: text “OUT” to 839-884 (TEXT-UI). Registration is required.

Additional storm readiness and safety information:

About UI:

The United Illuminating Company (UI) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. Established in 1899, UI operates approximately 3,500 miles of electric distribution lines and 139 miles of transmission lines. It serves approximately 339,000 customers in the greater New Haven and Bridgeport areas of Connecticut. UI received the Edison Electric Institute’s Emergency Recovery Award recognizing the company’s response to the May 2018 storms that impacted its service territory. For more information, visit www.uinet.com.

Updated 9:10 p.m.: Weather Alert, Later Start Time Expected

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Dec 162020
 

The snowstorm that was expected to hit by 2 p.m. this afternoon is now expected to arrive by 5 p.m. or as late as 7 p.m. this evening.

Heavy snow is expected to fall overnight and continue through tomorrow, tapering off by 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The storm is expected to dump 11 to 16 inches of the white stuff on Connecticut and surrounding areas (2 inches per hour), with wind gusts up to 45 mph.

THE LATEST: There is still some uncertainty with how much snow will accumulate if any mixing occurs tonight for southeastern coastal Connecticut. If some mixing occurs, snowfall amounts will be lower.

Snow is picking up in intensity with moderate to heavy snow developing. Visibilities will drop from around 1 to 2 miles to a quarter-mile or less at times. 

STAY HOME PLEASE! BE SAFE.

A tractor-trailer ban is in effect from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 9 a.m. Thursday and a travel advisory is in effect for all other vehicles.

Charge your phone and computers in the event of a power outage, as an icy mix in some areas may bring down tree limbs and power lines.

As previously stated, travel could be very difficult to impossible and the hazardous conditions could impact overnight travel as well as the Thursday morning commute.

Governor Lamont is asking citizens to stay home during the storm. If you must travel, give yourself plenty of extra time for anticipated delays, drive slowly, and keep a safe distance from other vehicles on the road.

Dress warmly in gloves, face and head coverings, and warm, waterproof footwear.

Tell someone where you are going and when you are expected to arrive, so they will be aware that you may be in trouble and where to find you if you are stuck somewhere.

Also, carry a sturdy ice scraper in your car and keep an extra flashlight, food, water, a blanket or two, and a large empty container (for sanitary needs), in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Thank you to all of the Public Works and other Plow Drivers who are out there clearing the roads and making them safe for us.

Hurricane Season is Heating Up: What UI Customers Need to Know

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Jul 312020
 

UI is making preparations As Hurricane Isaias closes in on U.S. shores; the company urges customers to be ready, too

United Illuminating, subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc.(NYSE: AGR) is monitoring weather forecasts and making preparations as Hurricane Isaias approaches the southeastern U.S. coastline from the Caribbean.

While it is uncertain whether the storm will pose a threat to UI’s service territory, some scenarios project the storm or its remnants could affect the region by early to mid-week. UI prepares for storms year-round and reminds customers that they should be ready, too.

UI storm readiness personnel have already held planning meetings, and the company is preparing crews and equipment to ensure that adequate resources are available should the storm affect the region. UI crews are working under special protocols to keep themselves and the public safe during the pandemic.

In addition to its own crews, UI is securing contractor support and working with its mutual assistance group, as well as the other AVANGRID companies, in case additional resources are needed.

The company offers the following tips to help customers prepare and stay safe.

Before a Storm:

  • Sign up for Outage Alerts. Text “REG” to 839-884 (TEXT-UI) to receive free text alerts if you lose service, and for restoration updates. Or, visit uinet.com for more 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 and fill spare fuel tanks for generators.

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 the company is aware of their needs. Call UI at 800.722.5584 (800.7.CALL.UI).

Generators:

  • Do not use a generator that plugs into your home’s electrical system unless it was installed by a licensed electrician via a transfer switch. Improperly connected generators can back-feed electricity into the outside grid and pose a danger to the public and to crews working to restore service.
  • Carefully read and observe the 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, visit uinet.com or call 800.722.5584 (800.7.CALL.UI). Customers can also report outages using the company’s new mobile app, available from the Apple Store and Google Play. Or, they can report outages via UI’s mobile alert system: text “OUT” to 839-884 (TEXT-UI). Registration is required.

For additional storm readiness and safety information:

Storm relief resources can be found by calling Connecticut’s InfoLine at 2-1-1, or by visiting www.211ct.org.

To see the Hurrican’s Path closer look below:

High Wind Warning In Effect Until 6 p.m.

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Apr 132020
 

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for Monday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Southerly winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph are expected.

According to the warning, damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Even sturdy and well-secured tent structures could be damaged. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive especially high-profile vehicles.

 

Be Prepared For The Arctic Freeze

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Jan 052018
 

As temperatures drop below zero this weekend, the American Red Cross offers ten steps you can take to stay safe during the cold weather.

1. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.

2. Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

3. Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.

4. Requires supervision – Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.

5. Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

6. Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.

7. Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.

8. The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.

9. Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.

10. Knowledge is power. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.

For more information on how to stay safe during the cold weather, visit winter storm safety.

Hurricane Irma Pounds Florida, Where Will She Go Next?

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Sep 112017
 

At this moment, Hurricane Irma is pounding Orlando FLA. Disney World closed for the 6th time in 45 years on Sunday and will be closed today and perhaps longer depending on what sort of damage it sustains.
Millions of Floridians are without power and many people have secured their homes and are sheltering in place with their pets.
We are in contact with several friends and family members who continue to report that they are safe and just waiting for the storm to be over.
Police are busy keeping homes and businesses safe from looters who are taking advantage of the areas that were evacuated.
At least 6 people have died as a result of the storm. Two tornados touched down in Brevard County and there have been a lot of tornado warnings throughout the state.
NOTE: For reference, Brevard County contains the cities of Titusville and West Melbourne. and the towns of Grant-Valkaria, Indialantic, Malabar, Melbourne Beach, Melbourne Village and Palm Shores.
Irma battered Cuba and the Carribean Islands as a category 4 Hurricane.
Her track and strength keeps changing, and the question is, will she visit Connecticut?  Would you be prepared?

Orange CERT: SEVERE STORM WARNING ISSUED- ARE YOU READY?

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Sep 082017
 

The Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) asks, are you ready? We would like to help you with a simple, yet very important part of being ready, putting together your Disaster Supply Kit.

Disaster preparedness is no longer just for areas prone to earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes. When an event such as the severe weather we recently experienced hits all bets are off. You may need to survive on your own after a disaster, meaning having enough of your own food, water, and other supplies to last for at least 3 days. Local emergency personnel, officials, and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. Help could be there in hours, or it might take days. Basic services like electricity, gas, water, and phones may be cut off and you may need to evacuate to a local shelter. This is when your personal Disaster Supply Kit is important and invaluable. It’s basic, easy to assemble and prepare. Orange CERT offers you some guidance on putting one together and where to keep it.

What is the kit? It’s a collection of basic items that members of you and your family may need in the event of a disaster. Below is the basic list to assist you.

 Three-day supply of non-perishable food, per person, per day.
 Three-day supply of water-one gallon per person, per day.
 Portable, battery powered radio or television and extra batteries.
 Flashlight and extra batteries.
 First aid kit and manual.
 Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).
 Matches and waterproof container.
 Whistle (this will help to Alert your location to emergency personnel) if needed.
 Extra clothing.
 Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a manual can opener.
 Photocopies of credit and identification cards.
 Cash and coins.
 Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries.
 Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
 Items for your pets, such as food, water, leash, medications.
 Other items to meet your unique family needs.

Keep all your items in an air-tight, waterproof easy-to-carry container, such as a storage bin or rubber/plastic trash can, in an easy to reach designated location to have ready quickly. Make sure all family members know where it is kept.

Once you’ve assembled and placed your kit in that location, there is something you must remember to do. Check it periodically. Replace any damaged items or expired food items. Change stored water and food every 6 months. It’s a good idea to re-think your needs each year and update your kit as your family needs change.

Get Ready For Road Closure

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May 302015
 

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Fair warning for Orange residents who frequent Old Grassy Hill Road for their daily travel.

On Friday, signs were posted on Old Grassy Hill Road for road closure to allow for necessary utility work beginning Monday, June 8.

Map out your alternate routes to work, school, the parkway, etc. now so you’re not taken by surprise.