10:00 p.m.: Strong winds and heavy snow continue to cause power outages throughout Stonington and the state. Just after 9 p.m., on Friday, the CL&P outage map showed more 70 percent of Stonington CL&P customers without power. By 10 p.m., that number had gone down to 63 percent or 5,083 customers. Stonington and North Stonington had the highest percentage of customers in the state without power.
First Selectman Ed Haberek said many streets around town had wires and/or trees down. There were numerous reports of transformer fires throughout town as well. Communication wires were also down at Stonington Town Hall.
Haberek said the town was talking to the Red Cross about setting up a shelter and he would have updates Saturday morning. In the meantime residents with an emergency should call 911.
Stonington Borough Warden Paul Burgess reported Friday night that power was out in Stonington Borough and many roads including Elm, Hancox, Diving and Bayview are closed due to downed power lines.
7:20 p.m.: More than 2,000 Stonington CL&P customers are without power. No estimate on when power will be restored.
6:50 p.m.: The winter storm has already left more than 1,000 Stonington CL&P customers without power. As of 6:50 p.m., the CL&P outage map showed 1,225 or 15 percent of the CL&P customers in town without town.
Throughout the state 6,652 customers were without power.
According to First Selectman Ed Haberek many of those without power were in the Pawcatuck section of town were a transformer blew.
Mitch Gross, CL&P's spokesman has cautioned that crews will not be able to restore power during the storm or when the winds are high because of the dangers that could create.
"Our line workers and tree workers will be out there as long as it's safe," he added.
In a press release this afternoon Connecticut Light & Power said they are pre-staging employees and materials in locations across the state, and that in addition to CL&P’s approximately 400 line workers, hundreds of outside line workers are arriving to provide assistance, with hundreds more expected tomorrow.