On Tuesday afternoon I said this would be a long one.
I may have been low-balling things.
As of 7 p.m. last night, Eversource was still “evaluating outages.” There’s a lot to evaluate, I’m sure. But more than 24 hours after what’s been called the 4th worst storm ever to hit the state, Westporters wonder whether power restoration will take days — or weeks.
It’s not as if Eversource has not prepared for storms. Despite what an “06880” commenter said yesterday, they have a robust preventive tree-trimming program. We’ve all seen the trucks on the roads this summer.
The lack of trucks now is getting people testy. So is the heat. And the search for WiFi and food.
We’re creatures of habit. We crave certainty. Between COVID-19 and Hurricane Isaias, we’re swamped by uncertainty, 24/7.
We would not like to click on Eversource’s outage map and see “Estimated repairs completed by Tuesday, August 11.”
But seeing “evaluating outages” is megawatts worse.
(PS: I’d love to post a photo of a utility crew at work. If you’ve got one, send it along!)
So if this is Connecticut’s “4th worst storm ever,” what were the 3 worse ones?
Probably Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, followed by the “Snotober” Halloween snowstorm in 2011, and Hurricane Gloria in 1985.
Don’t forget the 1955 hurricane, or 1938.
Where does this one rank on your list? Click “Comments” below.
“06880” reader and longtime friend Terry Brannigan writes:
Lots of folks are bumping around in the dark, or looking for generators. Yet many Westporters have SUVs, minivans, Jeeps and other cars with AC adaptors.
You can run a cord from them into the house, and plug in plenty of lamps. W had 6 Tuesday night, no problem.
The longer the cord, the more you will lose amperage. Shorter is better, but be careful to park outside — not in a garage. You don’t want fumes!
The car is quiet, has low emissions and will idle for a couple of weeks on s full tank of gas. Those generators your neighbors have are loud, smelly and thirsty!
PS: Your car AC adaptor won’t power your refrigerator. But you will have light, music and the ability to charge batteries.
Plenty of Westporters have discovered the library’s Wifi. The building is closed, but coverage extends into Jesup Green and the Levitt Pavilion parking lot.
Some of those seeking service have (not surprisingly) forgotten that in addition to the power outage, we’re in the midst of a pandemic. With so many people trying to access the internet, it’s hard to stay socially distant.
So, a gentle reminder: Log on, and mask up!
I mentioned yesterday that Don Meno — Bill Taibe’s new restaurant replacing Jesup Green — is open for dinner. So is Walrus Alley next door (the former Rothbard + Larder).
And don’t forget Jeera Thai, the fantastic spot across the street from Design Within Reach. We’re lucky to have it in town — and luckier still that it’s one of the few restaurants with power.
I’m not sure if Balducci’s is still open. But yesterday they got kudos for serving customers (with non-perishables, of course), despite no power.
Starbuck’s is open downtown. Their Wifi and cell service are down though, so it’s cash only. And if you need an ATM, because who carries money these days? Good luck with that.
Stew Leonard’s is open too. In the hours after the storm, they went through an astonishing 20 pallets of ice. They’ll keep getting deliveries of essentials, and keep selling ’em.’
And finally … who would have thought last year that 2019 would be “the good old days”?!