Crews work to restore power, remove fallen trees after storm

Dominick Damiano III examines the damage to his home, 58 Great Plain Road in Norwich, after several trees fell onto the roof during a storm Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Damiano purchased the house 15 days ago.  (Tim Martin/The Day)
Dominick Damiano III examines the damage to his home, 58 Great Plain Road in Norwich, after several trees fell onto the roof during a storm Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Damiano purchased the house 15 days ago. (Tim Martin/The Day)

A storm that blew through the region Tuesday evening brought down trees and utility wires, leaving scattered outages in its wake.

Norwich police were advising residents to drive slowly and to stay home if possible due to dangers on the roadways posed by the storm. There were multiple trees and wires down in the city, and police said they had received reports of power outages.

Norwich Public Utilities said earlier in the evening that more than 2,000 of its customers were without power. By 10 p.m., NPU crews had restored power to all but about 260. They expected service to be restored to all customers by midnight, NPU spokesman Chris Riley said in an email update late Tuesday.

"We have mobilized all of our linemen and additional employees are being dispatched to assist with damage assessment and 'make safe' work," Riley said earlier in the evening. Crews are going to be working throughout the night until power is restored, he said.

Any downed wire should be assumed to be energized and therefore very dangerous, Riley said. NPU customers were advised to report downed wires to 911 and power outages to NPU at (860) 887-2555.

As of about 10 p.m., Eversource's outage map also showed plenty of outages throughout the rest of southeastern Connecticut. According to the map, 599 customers were without power in Montville, 155 in Salem, 28 in Ledyard and 29 in Old Lyme. At that time, North Stonington, Stonington, Preston and Lyme each had fewer than five customers without power.

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