Widespread outages throughout Connecticut and adding up in Rhode Island

This is a photo of a Rhode Island Energy van. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)  — Power providers to Connecticut and Rhode Island report widespread outages as damaging wind gusts move through southern New England.

Outage maps for Connecticut power suppliers Eversource and United Illuminating Company show power outages spread throughout the state.

As of 10:30 am, Rhode Island Energy reported more than 7,100 customers affected by outages.

RI Energy offers these tips to customers:

Customers Should Stay Connected:  

  • Report power outages at RIEnergy.com or call 855-743-1102.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, where we will post the latest storm and restoration updates.
  • Track outages and estimated restoration times online at: www.rienergy.com/RI-Home/outage-central/.
  • Sign up for alerts. To stay connected and receive outage updates text REG to RIEOUT (743688).
    • Once registered, to report an outage, text OUT
    • To check the status of your outage, text STAT

Stay Safe: 

  • If you encounter a downed wire at any time, assume it’s energized and stay away. If you see one, report it immediately to RIE or your local emergency response organization.
  • Power problems can sometimes interrupt public water supply systems or disable well pumps, so it’s an especially good idea to keep a supply of bottled drinking water handy, as well as some canned food.
  • People who depend on electric-powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should let us know. To register as a life support customer, call the company’s Customer Service Center at 1-855-743-1101.
  • Check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance during an outage period.
  • Make sure your mobile devices are fully charged.

Electric Safety:

  • If you use a generator to supply power during an outage, be sure to operate it outdoors.
  • Before operating generators, disconnect from RIE’s system by shutting off the main breaker located in the electric service panel. Failure to do this could jeopardize the safety of line crews and the public.
  • If you lose power, turn off any appliances that were on when the power went off, but leave one light on so you will know when power is restored.
  • Just in case you lose power, it’s good to have an emergency kit on hand with food, water, medication, and any pet supplies you may need.
  • Remember that candles can start fires. If you lose power, use flashlights instead.
  • Avoid opening your refrigerator and freezer as much as possible. Most foods in the fridge and freezer should last between 12-24 hours.
  • For your safety and ours, please keep a safe distance from our crews.

Gas Safety:

If you suspect a natural gas leak:

  • Get Out – All occupants should leave the house immediately. Do not use the telephone or light switches for any reason.
  • Call Us – After leaving the house and reaching a safe environment, call 911. RIE has a 24-hour gas emergency number: 1-800-640-1595.
  • Stay Out – Do not return to your home until Rhode Island Energy tells you it is safe. Customers are encouraged to learn more by visiting https://www.rienergy.com/RI-Home/.

 

 

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