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Updated, Nov. 8, 8:33 a.m.
Weston Public Schools, as well as Redding, Easton and Region 9 schools are operating on a two-hour delay Thursday morning, in the wake of the nor'easter that dumped at least one foot of snow on some parts of southwestern Connecticut.
Metro-North is currently experiencing 10-15 delays into Grand Central terminal due to earlier switch problems in the vicinity of Harlem 125th St.
Update, 10:57 p.m.
There are five customers in Redding without power.
Update, 5:42 p.m.
Nine percent of Redding is currently without power.
According to a press release from town officials, Connecticut Light & Power has told Police Chief Douglas Fuchs that power should be restored tonight by 7 p.m.
Update, 4:52 p.m.
Approaching the 5 p.m. estimate for restoration to Redding residents, Connecticut Light & Power currently reports 11 percent (462 customers) of Redding is without power.
Update, 2:31 p.m.
Connecticut Light & Power is reporting 38 percent of Redding is currently without power. According to a press release sent by town officials, a "major substation fuse and transformer went down" earlier today in Redding.
"This caused numerous areas all around town to lose power," the release said. "Connecticut Light & Power is still in town and working on the problem."
Town officials encourage residents to avoid Peaceable Street where the work is being done. Connecticut Light & Power said the problem should be resolved by 5 p.m.
Update, 12:59 p.m.
Weston Public Schools dismiss early today, and all after-school activities are canceled.
Easton and Redding schools dismiss early today as well, and all after-school activities are also canceled.
Connecticut is rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy toppled trees, flooded homes and knocked out electricity for more than half a million customers last week.
Now, just as outages hit less than one percent about a week later, the state’s two largest utility companies say they are readying for more bad weather as a nor’easter could hit the state on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 7. While the strength is expected to be much weaker than Sandy, United Illuminating and Connecticut Light & Power are preparing for potentially severe weather—even though the utility companies are still dealing with the last bout of outages.
“We still remain on the job restoring customers still affected by Sandy,” said Mitch Gross, spokesperson for CL&P.
He said that there’s a possibility of 45-50 mph gusts of wind, rain and snow on Wednesday.
The storm is expected to bypass devastated New Jersey en route to Connecticut. Coastal areas are expected to see some of the strongest winds, and there’s a possibility of a storm surge of several feet.
“We’re well prepared for the possibility of severe weather,” he said.
United Illuminating, which serves the Bridgeport and New Haven areas, asked its crews that came in from out of state to remain just to deal with possible nor’easter damage. The crews hail from Alabama, Florida, Ohio and other states.
“We’re certainly hopeful that we don’t get any additional damage,” said Michael West Jr., spokesperson for UI.
“Unlike Hurricane Sandy, there’s nothing really unusual about this storm,” said meteorologist Geoff Fox of WTIC, according to Fox News. “This is a type of storm New England and the Northeast get often."
He added, “It just seems unfair it’s coming now!”