A major rainstorm with high wind gusts will bear down on Connecticut overnight, leading to the distinct possibility of power outages on Christmas morning. None of this is anything we want to hear the day before Christmas, but it is what it is – and the smart thing to do at this point is to be prepared.
Groton Utilities crews will be at the ready and will do their very best to restore power as soon as possible while keeping our employees safe.
To report an outage call Groton Utilities at 860-446-4000. Stay away from any downed wires you may encounter outside your home and on the roads.
Here are a few wind storm preparation tips:
- Be certain to have backup power options if you need powered medical devices.
- Make an emergency kit for at least three days of self-sufficiency.
- Stock up on batteries and have flashlights and candles on hand.
- Charge your mobile devices and power banks.
- Consider taking down inflatable holiday decorations so that they don’t end up damaged or down the street.
- Secure outdoor recreational equipment such as trampolines and double-check your pool cover.
- Consider alternate methods of cooking your holiday meal in case there is a power outage in your area. Cooking your meal ahead of time and storing in the refrigerator is an option.
- Fill your propane tank for your gas grill. Never use your gas grill indoors.
- If you have generator check to see if you have sufficient fuel.
- Bring outside patio and lawn furniture, potted plants and any other loose outdoor items indoors. Close and secure all awnings and tie down any other loose items.
- Exposed water pipes sometimes freeze and burst due to exposure to cold weather. With high winds pipes with outside wall exposure are at risk. Make sure these pipes are insulated. Also make sure you know where the water shut off is in your home.
- Never use a generator inside your home. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Keep at least 20 feet from doors, windows, and vents.
- Clear your gutters and storm drains.