HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) –– More than 23,000 customers were left without power in Connecticut Friday night after snowstorm winds picked up.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy said Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating were planning for up to 30 percent of customers to lose power.
By 9 p.m. Friday, CL&P was reporting 22,000 outages while United Illuminating was reporting about 1,400.
Earlier Friday, Malloy issued a motor vehicle travel ban on limited access highways. The ban was to remain in effect until further notice.
“As the weather gets worse over the next few hours, we need to keep the roads clear so that emergency-related personnel and utility crews can reach those that may need our help,” Malloy said in a statement. “By traveling in these conditions, you are not only putting yourself in danger, but you are potentially risking the lives of first responders, utility workers and other residents. Please be safe.”
Malloy also declared a state of emergency and deployed National Guard troops around the state to help with any rescues and other emergencies.
By Friday afternoon, state police reported nearly 100 minor accidents across the state.
“If you don’t currently have a reason to be on the road, if you’re not an emergency personnel that’s required to report to work somewhere, stay home,” Malloy said at a state armory news conference.
Snow began to fall in the state Friday morning amid a blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service for all of Connecticut, along with other eastern parts of New England.
More than 800 state and private plow crews hit the roads. Transportation Department workers began pretreating highways with de-icing chemicals on Thursday.
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