UI Preparing for Wind and Rain Storm; Warns of Possible Power Outages

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Apr 132020

Customers reminded to monitor forecasts and avoid downed wires

United Illuminating, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc., is preparing for a wind and rain storm forecast for Monday that could bring damaging winds capable of causing service interruptions.

Current forecasts call for rain and thunderstorms starting Monday morning, with gusty winds picking up during the day that could reach 65 mph or higher — strong enough to bring trees and limbs down on power lines. UI reminds customers to avoid downed lines and to prepare for the possibility of service interruptions, potentially lasting a day or more.

UI prepares for storms on an ongoing basis and is continuing its essential work to maintain safe and reliable service during the coronavirus pandemic. UI line workers, contractors, and other essential personnel are working under special protocols designed to separate and protect them. Customers are asked not to approach them when they are working, and to always maintain a safe social distance.

Due to the pandemic, UI has stepped up inspections and maintenance of electrical circuits that serve hospitals and other critical facilities in its territory.

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 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 and fill 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).


  • 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 may also report outages using UI’s new mobile app, available on 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:

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

High Wind Warning In Effect All Day

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Feb 252019

A high wind warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. today, Monday, Feb. 25.

Expect westerly winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 65 mph.

According to the National Weather Service, damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

Weather Alert Through Tomorrow Night

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Nov 202016

wind-advisoryA severe weather alert was issued earlier today and runs through 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21.

It calls for strong, gusty winds through Monday and the wind advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m.

You may expect westerly winds 20-35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. The strongest winds are expected during the daylight hours.

Strong winds my blow down power lines and tree limbs. Scattered power outages are possible.

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)

Warning Issued: The Skies Are Rumbling, Severe Thunderstorms Could Soon Be Here

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Jun 232015

severe-thunderstorm-warningA severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for our area until 5:30 p.m.

The tornado watches have been issued for Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties and are in effect until 11 p.m.

The quickly-moving storms are moving at about 50 miles per hour.

Power outages have been reported in the Western part of the state.

Prepare for possible damaging straight-lined winds and large hail. Wind gusts could be as high as 60 miles per hour.

If you are experiencing this dangerous weather go to a safe place in the middle of the lowest floor of your home and stay away from windows.

Once the front passes the humidity will drop tonight, Wednesday promises sunny, warm and dry weather, perfect for the concert at the gazebo.