Connecticut residents were particularly hard-hit by power outages both during the Northeast snowstorm and hurricane Irene. With so many outages, the state has been slow to restore power.
The early winter snowstorm that hit the Northeast over Halloween weekend took a greater toll on power grids in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire than did hurricane Irene in August. And, as was the case then, the race to restore power has been slowest in Connecticut.
The storm track for hurricane Irene at least gave utilities regionwide a week to gather resources and call for backup crews from the Midwest and South. The October snowstorm, however, materialized in just a few days.
Some utilities have struggled more than others in the aftermath, according to data from the US Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.
Connecticut's performance in restoring power has been slower than its performance after Irene, which was criticized at the time. In the four days after Irene, 443,000 of the 702,154 outages were restored – about 63 percent. At the time, that was the lowest percentage of any state with outages from Irene.
Damage from the storm was far more extensive than forecast, reports Connecticut Light & Power, which oversees power delivery in about 150 towns statewide.