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98 Percent of Greenwich Without Power

A tree in Riverside knocked out a major power line, CL&P says. Greenwich customers can expect to get power back throughout the day till about 8 p.m. tonight.

Ed's note: This article originally appeared on Greenwich Patch. For a .

[Update 11:27 a.m. Monday]

A tree that fell into a major transition line in Riverside knocked out power to 98 percent of Greenwich homes about one hour ago, according to Connecticut Light & Power.

CL&P spokesman Mitch Gross told Greenwich Patch that the tree, located near the Metro-North Railroad tracks in Riverside, fell into power lines following last night's storm.

"The line carries power from substations in Stamford down here [to Greenwich]," Gross said.

CL&P technicians are set to begin the process of removing the tree and getting it off of the affected power lines, Gross said.

"However, some CL&P customers may not have power back until 8 p.m. tonight," Gross said. "We will re-energize the line once it's safe, and then begin the process of restoring power throughout town. You can't just flip a switch. It takes time. We appreciate our customers patience as we move as quickly as possible."

As it stands, 27,603 Greenwich homes are without power, according to the CL&P website.

[Update 11:16 am, Monday]

Due to a fallen tree on power lines in the Cos Cob area, Metro-North will be running diesel service between Stamford and Grand Central with several combined trains. Customers should anticipate delays, according to an email alert sent by the company.

[Update 9:45 am, Monday:]

Thirteen hours after a powerful band of thunderstorms ripped through Greenwich, 701 CL&P customers remain without power, according to the utility.

And the problems with clearing debris that downed power lines across town also continue impact Metro-North Railroad commuters. The railroad has rescinded plans about 9:40 a.m. with CL&P to de-energize lines between Stamford and Harrison, NY on Monday morning so that crews could clear debris along the tracks.

Despite that one train was stuck on the drawbridge over the Mianus River about 8:50 a.m. for about 50 minutes Monday, according to one commuter aboard the train. A message seeking information was left with the railroad's press office.

On the western end of Greenwich, CL&P crews arrived to work on downed lines and a blown transformer on Halstead Avenue about 2:30 a.m. Worker said they were waiting for tree crews to remove massive limbs before they could proceed.

Tree crews arrived about 3:15 a.m., piercing the otherwise quiet night with the sounds of chainsaws.

Power was restored to the neighborhood about 7 a.m.—more than 6 hours later than the estimate given by CL&P when the outage was reported about 8 p.m. Sunday.

It was not immediately known when town crews would be able to clear limbs and other debris that lined the neighborhood streets.

[Update 6:45 am, Monday:]

CL&P reported that about 792 customers in Greenwich, or about 2 percent of the town, were without power as of 6:45 a.m., Monday, as a result of powerful thunderstorms that moved through the area Sunday evening.

In addition Metro-North has announced that service remains suspended on the New Haven Line in both directions between Stamford and Harrison, NY, due to trees and branches on the tracks.

[Update 11:45 pm, Sunday:]

CL&P reported that about 1,719 customers in Greenwich, or about 6 percent of the town, were without power as of 11:45 p.m., Sunday. The peak number of outages reportedly reached more than 5,000 as powerful thunderstorms moved through the area between 7:45 and 9 p.m.

[Original report:]

Roughly 4,400 Connecticut Light & Power customers in Greenwich, most of them in Old Greenwich and Cos Cob, lost power as a result strong thunderstorms that passed through the area starting around 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

According CL&P's outage map, about 15 percent of the town was without power as of 9:22 p.m. Potent, fast-moving thunderstorms accompanied by strong lightning and some isolated wind gusts passed through the region starting around 7:45 p.m. and ending at around 9 p.m.

Greenwich police report there are dozens of trees down in various locations throughout town, some of which brought down power lines.

According to a reverse 911 public safety message from Greenwich Police Captain Mark Kordick as many as 65 roads in town were either blocked or partially blocked by down trees, limbs and/or powerlines, as of 9:30 p.m.

"One GPD officer on Halstead Ave. Says @ least 50 trees down N town," Greenwich Patch Editor Barbara Heins wrote in a Tweet.

Kordick said CL&P crews are already working to restore power, however some residents may not see power restored until Monday.

"Residents should be prepared to go all evening if necessary without power," Kordick said, adding that residents should stay home so as to avoid fallen powerlines as well as to keep streets clear for emergency crews.

At about 9 p.m. Greenwich firefighters reportedly responded to a fire on Mercia Lane (off Field Point Road), with reports of a pine tree on fire up against the side of a house. It was not known as of the time of the report whether the fire was the result of a lightning strike.

In addition Metro North is reporting that service on the New Haven Line has been temporarily suspended in both directions "due to weather related problems in the vicinity of Cos Cob and Old Greenwich."

Greenwich Patch will provide more updates as they become available.

Why August 06, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Patch, I'm going to post this here because you shut down the "Olympian" thread. Why do you tolerate the bad behavior in these comments? It's the same cast of characters day after day. The unpleasant comments reflect badly on The Patch. They reflect badly on the community. They reflect badly on the children mentioned in the article. And if that's not enough, they reflect badly on the advertisers. I'll be honest with you, I rarely visit your site anymore. I enjoy your articles, but I have no desire to be exposed to all the hate. I think you should clean up this place. It would be best for all.
sebastian dangerfield August 06, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I agree with you both.
Harpo August 06, 2012 at 09:42 PM
now if only you would GO AWAY !
sebastian dangerfield August 07, 2012 at 12:00 AM
What? Thats not nice.

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