|CL&P Storm Briefing
Thursday, February 13, 2014 – 11:15 a.m.
CL&P Is Prepared for Today’s Snowstorm and Wind
OVERVIEW AND SYSTEM STATUS
· CL&P continues to monitor a winter snowstorm that began this morning, Thursday, February 13. It is expected to taper off by Friday morning, February 14. We are preparing for 3-6 inches between now and 7 p.m. tonight, with rain changing to mixed precipitation by 2 p.m. Precipitation will change back to snow by 2 a.m. Friday. Winds of 12 – 22 mph are expected, with gusts of 35 – 45 mph. Only trace ice accretion is anticipated.
· CL&P prepares for severe weather every day. The company is poised to respond to any potential impacts from this storm with a safe and timely power restoration effort. We are currently experiencing minimal outages.
OPERATIONAL STATUS – Monitor (Conditions exists that present a potential risk, but pose no immediate threat, to CL&P operations or service to customers).
· At this time, CL&P is carefully monitoring the weather for potential customer impacts. This storm is predicted to be a Level I Event, with an expectation of fewer than 150 – 200 “trouble spots” – areas that need to be repaired – primarily in the coastal and northeast portions of the state.
· The CL&P transmission and distribution system is in good configuration for reliable operation.
· The next Emergency Preparedness call is scheduled for Thursday, February 13, at 2 p.m.
· CL&P’s Emergency Operation Center was activated at 6 a.m. Thursday morning.
· Work centers across CL&P’s service territory are preparing for activation, as required.
· Equipment inventories and vehicle fueling took place in preparation for the storm. Line vehicles were pre-staged in certain areas for fast response to potential power outages.
· Snow removal is underway at CL&P work centers and substations.
· CL&P’s staff will provide this Storm Briefing to communities today, including the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, legislators, and regulators.
· Media Relations issued a press release about storm preparedness yesterday, and social media outreach continues today.
· CL&P Customer Care team conducted an outbound calling campaign to approximately 18,500 medical customers yesterday.
· Yankee Gas reminds customers to keep natural gas meters and all gas appliance outdoor vents clear of snow and ice buildup.
Natural Gas Meters:
o Gently brush away any snow or ice that has accumulated around the meter, regulator vent and any other outdoor piping
o Clear the snow or ice using a broom or by hand – not with a shovel
o When plowing, snow blowing or shoveling, do not push or pile snow around your meter
o Clear a path to your meter so Yankee Gas employees and emergency responders can access it in an emergency
Gas Appliance Outdoor Vents:
o A clogged vent may cause your appliance to shut down or malfunction and create a hazardous situation, such as a build-up of carbon monoxide
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